Gilded New York: Design and Fashion 1883-1905

Gilded New York: Design and Fashion 1883-1905


By (author) Donald Albrecht

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  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 272mm x 25mm | 1,451g
  • Publication date: 19 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 158093367X
  • ISBN 13: 9781580933674
  • Illustrations note: 200 Colour Photographs
  • Sales rank: 487,296

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The Gilded Years - 1885 to 1905 - were a vital and glamorous era in New York City as families of great fortune sought to demonstrate their new position by building vast Fifth Avenue mansions filled with precious objects and important painting collections and hosting elaborate fetes and balls. This title examines the social and cultural history of these years focusing on interior design and decorative arts, fashion and jewellery, and the publications that were the progenitors of today's shelter magazines.

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Author information

Donald Albrecht is curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York, where he has organized such major exhibitions as "Paris/New York: Design, Fashion, Culture 1925-1940" and "The American Style." Jeannine Falino, formerly curator of decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is now an independent curator specializing in decorative arts, particularly fashion, silver, and jewelry. Among her many publications are "Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design" (Museum of Art and Design, 2011) and "American Luxury: Jewels from the House of Tiffany "(ACC, 2008).

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"Through jeweled tiaras and gold Ascot pins, family portraits gleaming with trompe l'oeil satin, and photos of the homes of the nouveau riche, the authors illustrate the transformations wrought by manna storms of wealth, the social mobility they encouraged and the cultural institutions they fostered, many of which continue to be cherished." --Julie Lasky, "The New York Times Gift Guide" "Forget the 1 percent. Consider them gracious and empathetic compared with the denizens of "Gilded New York" during two decades of excess from 1885 to 1905. This lavishly illustrated volume illuminates the mansions, costumes and other accouterments of the people whose philanthropy helped produce the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera, but whose self-indulgence also gave big money a bad name." --Sam Roberts, "The New York Times" "The staggering sums spent on art at last week's auctions were interpreted by dealers and critics alike as evidence of a new Gilded Age. At such a moment, it may be useful to take a hard look at the old one, the late-19th-century period defined by the aggressive buying sprees of a few newly minted industrialists." --Karen Rosenberg, "The New York Times" "Some of the greatest homes ever built in New York exist now only in archived photographs and memory. These were palace-like structures where young Astors, Vanderbilts, and Fricks would play--and barons of industry would relax in portrait-lined salons and under frescoed ceilings. Thanks to a new book, "Gilded New York," and parallel exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, newly resurrected images of these mansions are on display." --"Vanity Fair" "At the turn of the 19th century, status was everything. New York high society was coming of age. Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, and other wealthy families fashioned their homes in the image of European aristocracy. Balls and dinner parties dominated the scene. "Gilded New York" showcases the lavish furnishin