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In an exhibition space in a lower level of the Metropolitan Museum of Art lives a fashion oasis entirely devoted to the genius of women. When viewers first walk into “Women Dressing Women,” they are met with dazzling evening gowns by iconic fashion designers, displayed in a dark room with lights only illuminating the garments. A moody playlist ripples throughout the space, adding to the atmosphere established by the decor.

“Women Dressing Women” takes a comprehensive look at the history of fashion from a feminist perspective. The show, curated by Mellissa Huber, an associate curator at the Met’s Costume Institute, and Karen Van Godtsenhoven, highlights over 70 female designers that have contributed to The Costume Institute’s collection, a department of the museum entirely devoted to fashion. 

The Met’s director and CEO Max Hollein stated in a press release that “Women Dressing Women will also continue the Museum’s dedication to amplifying historically underappreciated voices while celebrating the work of those who have become household names.” 

The large exhibition is divided into four subsections: anonymity, visibility, agency and absence/omission.  

The anonymity section is devoted to the forgotten women in fashion from the early 1900s. In Europe, women were not always allowed to make garments — this was a “slowly earned privilege,” according to the exhibition label. Over time, European women, particularly in France, fought to expand their rights to work in the industry. Meanwhile, in the United States, garment work was disregarded as a domestic task whose importance went unrecognized by the public. In both cases, it was uncommon for clothing to be linked to specific designers and dressmakers. Even when designers were recognized, nobody else in the garment-making process was, excluding the recognition of those like millworkers, seamstresses and more. 

This section of the exhibition doesn’t include specific works of clothing,

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