1971 November 10 - 1972 April 10
Biographical or Historical Note
- Exhibition. Opened November 10, 1971 and closed April 10, 1972. Located in Section 2, Floor 1 in the Grand Gallery at the
American Museum of Natural History. Costumes of the East, curated by Walter A. Fairservis of the Museum's Department of Anthropology
and designed by Joel Schumacher of Henri Bendel, featured ninety costumes from the regions of the Balkans to Siberia and Vietnam
to Lapland (Finland), most of which were from the Museum's own collection.
Costumes of the East, curated by Walter A. Fairservis of the Museum's Department of Anthropology and designed by Joel Schumacher
of Henri Bendel, featured ninety costumes from the regions of the Balkans to Siberia and Vietnam to Lapland (Finland), most
of which were from the Museum's own collection. The exhibition was designed with a burgundy-color theme. Dr. Fairservis authored
a book, Costumes of the East, in conjunction with the exhibition (1, p. 1-3).
Highlights (1, p. 2-3):
*A woman's dress once belonging to the Emir of Bukhara
*Nineteenth century Kashmiri woman's costume
*Woman's cotton coat with beaded embroidery and pleated batik skirt from China near the Szechuan-Yunnan border
*Korean man's costume intended for an elder
*Tibetan monk's dancing garb
*Man's camel hair coat with silk, wool, metallic embroidery, and applique work from Central Afghanistan
*The Synoptic Mirror, a three-sided mirror that gives a viewer the impression of wearing exhibition clothing without actually
trying them on
This is a condensed summary of the exhibition. For additional information, see Sources and/or Related Resources.
(1) American Museum of Natural History. Press Release. "Drama of Past Presented in Eastern Costume Exhibit; Anthropologist
Compares Color of Former Dress with Today's Drab Conformity." October 21, 1971. Departmental Records, DR 101. American Museum
of Natural History Library.
For more information on this exhibition see:
"Colorful Past." Daily Mirror (New York, NY), November 10, 1971.
"Costumes of Natural History." Manhattan East (New York, NY), November 9, 1971.
"Costumes Shown." Village Voice (New York, NY), October 28, 1971.
"Drama of past in Costume Exhibit." Metroliner, November 25-December 8, 1971.
"Drama of Past in Eastern Costume Museum Exhibit." New York Visitor's Reporter, November 5, 1971.
"Eastern Costumes Contrast to Western Dress Conformity." [Unknown], n.d.
"Eastward Ho." [Unknown], October 29, 1971.
Forgang, Isabel. "Chinese delegates can assuage their homesickness at two shows." Daily News (New York, NY), November 11,
Martin, Jo. "A Rainbow of Raiment." Daily News (New York, NY), November 19, 1971.
Morris, Bernadine. "'Costumes of East'--See Them While You Can." New York Times, November 9, 1971.
Ommerman, Betty. "Turning east again for the ethnic look.: Newsday (Garden City, NY), November 26, 1971.
Pauley, Gay. "Conformity: Always in Vogue." Chicago Tribune, December 19, 1971.
Singletary, Anne Lee. [Unknown], n.d.