Gustave Tassell


Fashion Friday: Marsala, Fashion’s Enduring Color

Think marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, is new to fashion? Think again. In the twentieth century, shades of the earthy wine red were used by designers, ranging from Gustave Tassell and La Rose des Vents in the 1960s to Maude Frizon in the 1980s. Check out these marsala-hued highlights from our collection and explore more here.

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015 (Courtesy of designboom)

Woman’s Hat, 1960s, designed by La Rose des Vents

Woman’s Suit, late 1960–early 1970s, designed by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Shoes, c. 1980, designed by Maude Frizon


Fashion Friday: Hello Yellow

Yellow may be fashion’s favorite color this spring, but as our encyclopedic costume collection reveals, the vibrant hue has been in style for centuries. Explore more here.

Woman’s Evening Dress,” c. 1944, designed by Adrian

Woman’s Hat,” c. 1923, designed by Warshauer, New York

Bridesmaid’s Dress and Petticoat, Worn at Grace Kelly’s Wedding, April 19, 1956,” 1956, Designed by Joseph Hong

Woman’s Coat, 1945, Margaret Goodrich

Woman’s Hat, c. 1965, Designed by Gustave Tassell

Woman’s Evening Dress, c. 1964, Designed by Pierre Cardin


More Art Monday: Crosses

As Carl Jung wrote in “Man and His Symbols” (1964), “a symbol always stands for something more than its obvious and immediate meaning.” Since antiquity, crosses have served as religious symbols, national emblems, representations of secular groups, and more and have ranged in style from the traditional Greek to the flared Maltese versions. Explore some renditions in these artworks from our collection:

Crosses, California,” 1982, by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen

Quilt (Maltese Cross Pattern), c. 1880–1900, America

Bowl in Form of a Half Rice Bale, Edo Period (1615–1868), Japan

Woman’s Late Afternoon Dress, Fall 1965, designed by Gustave Tassell

Processional Cross with the Lamb of God and the Crucifixion, c. 1350, Spain or Germany

Coverlet, 18th–19th century, America

First-Aid Kit, 2006, designed by Harry Allen & Associates, made by Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

Sampler, 1785, made by Jane Hinds


More Art Monday: Wedding Inspiration
With wedding season nearly here, we looked for inspiration from the Museum’s collection.

Woman’s Wedding Dress,” Spring 2012, designed by Carolina Herrera

Woman’s Wedding Ensemble: ‘Button and Bows’ Dress and Slip,” 1986, designed by Zandra Rhodes

Woman’s Hat,” 1965, Designed by Gustave Tassell, Gift of the designer, 1973

Wedding Fan,” c. 1885, made in the United States

Still Life with Carnations,” 1878, by Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour

Peonies,” late 18th–19th century, made in China

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