costume

Dancing, Chanting and Music: The Noh Robe


When I first saw this Noh robe I thought about the changing of seasons, though not the change from winter to spring that I am eagerly anticipating at the moment. The robe’s colorful brocaded chrysanthemums remind me of the beginning of autumn. The robe conjures images of the chrysanthemum’s overwhelming beauty during the Japanese fall celebration, kiku matsuri.
Noh, theater, Japan, autumn, costume

Wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve and jacket front.


A set of eighteen remarkable buttons each feature a small painting of groups of people of mixed races in a British West Indies island, then called Dominica, now Haiti and Santo Domingo. The artist, subjects and traditional history all collide to make the buttons an extraordinary combination of artistic significance, social history, and inventive design use.
buttons, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Haiti, Brunias, West Indies, jacket, scenes, landscapes, costume, textiles, hats

One for the Money


Has Tax Day left you pinching your pennies? Then you may appreciate the secure storage offered by miser’s purses. These oblong purses often have small center slit openings with sliding rings to secure coins in the purses’ ends (though sometimes clasps are used). Although these purses have existed in various forms since the seventeenth-century, they developed the shape seen here in the early nineteenth century.
knitting, costume, costume accessories, netting, crochet, purses, literature, needlework

All That Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception


gold, gilding, decorative objects, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, costume, jewelry, Glass, leatherwork, needlework, wallpaper

Conspicuous Waist: Waistcoats and Waistcoat Designs 1700-1952


waistcoats, fashion, costume, men's clothing

Summary Catalogue of Drawings and Prints Designed for Theater in the Cooper Union Museum


drawings, prints, theater, theatrical design, costume, permanent collection

Donor Spotlight : Richard C. Greenleaf


Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1887–1961) was a prolific collector of lace, costume, and textiles. To a large extent, the strength of Cooper-Hewitt’s collection in these areas can be attributed to his generosity.
Richard Cranch Greenleaf, donor, collector, lace, costume, textiles, collection