The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Berg has partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to enable more than two thousand images from the internationally renowned Costume Institute’s collection to be made available through the Berg Fashion Library. In September 2011, 500 images were made available. The remaining 1500+ will be made available from 2012 onwards.

Thumbnail images from the Met’s collection are displayed within the Berg Fashion Library, and users can click through to The Costume Institute’s website for further information.

To the right you can see sample images from the collction. Captions and credits are listed bottom of this page. For more information on the collection, and to view the first 500 images, subscribers click here.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Berg, as it will make images from The Costume Institute available to new audiences throughout the world. The Berg Fashion Library should bring more students to our site and help curators who are searching for exhibition objects. We are looking forward to the launch and to participating in this exciting new project.”
Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of The Costume Institute

“We could not be happier to be announcing this important relationship. It will enable students, researchers and curators throughout the world to learn more about and experience the dress objects featured in this glorious collection. The Met, even before the addition of the Brooklyn Museum’s impressive collection, has long been at the forefront of international fashion collections. Many of our users will never have the opportunity to see the Met’s holdings in person, but they can at least get a sense of the importance of the collection from their desktops, and learn more about the history and culture of the full range of featured dress from the Berg Fashion Library’s reference content.”
Kathryn Earle, Managing Director of Berg Publishers

About the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.

Founded in 1937, The Museum of Costume Art, after its incorporation and renaming as The Costume Institute, became a part of the Metropolitan Museum in 1946. Currently it contains a collection of more than 35,000 pieces dating from the 17th century to the present, including fashionable dress and regional costumes from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The Costume Institute organizes exhibitions each year, which receive international recognition. Involved in art-historical research since its founding, The Costume Institute contributes to scholarship through a range of publications.

In December 2008, the Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection (founded in 1902) was transferred to the Met. The stature and quality of the Brooklyn collection inspired a number of great American designers to deposit their archives at the Museum. In addition to being an outstanding assemblage of individual works of great rarity and aesthetic quality, with masterpieces by Worth, Paul Poiret, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Charles James, Norman Norell, and Claire McCardell, the collection documents the consolidation and growing international importance of the fashion industry in New York City.

Photo captions from top to bottom. Images must not be used without permission from

1. Vivienne Westwood. British
Dress, "Propaganda," autumn/winter 2005-2006
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2006 (2006.197)

2. Spanish (probably)
Corset, third quarter 18th century
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. Lee Simonson, 1939 (C.I.39.13.211)

3. French
Men’s Suit, 1774–1792
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1961 (C.I.61.13.2a–c)