In America

A Lexicon of Fashion

Andrew Bolton and Amanda Garfinkel, with Jessica Regan and Stephanie Kramer

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Articulating eight decades of American style through the emotive language of clothing—from celebrated designers that established the modern legacy of sportswear to emerging creatives shaping the future of fashion in the United States

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion establishes a modern vocabulary of American dress based on its expressive rather than practical qualities. Using the patchwork quilt as a metaphor for the country’s diverse aesthetic and cultural identities, this publication features over 100 garments from the 1940s to the present. Stunning new photography presents works by pioneers of American fashion, such as Claire McCardell and Charles James, as well as a range of established and emerging designers, including Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Kerby Jean Raymond of Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers, and Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta. Each ensemble represents an emotion that corresponds to one of twelve chapters outlining essential emotional qualities of American-designed garments: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness. Offering a vibrant perspective on the United States’ sartorial legacy, this catalogue also illuminates its multifaceted present and the diverse creative forces shaping the nation’s future.   

Andrew Bolton is the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, and Amanda Garfinkel is assistant curator, both in The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(September 18, 2021–September 5, 2022)

ISBN: 9781588397348
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
276 pages, 9 1/4 x 12 1/2
150 color illus.
Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty

Andrew Bolton; With contributions by Susannah Frankel and T

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Chaos to Couture

Andrew Bolton; With Richard Hell, John Lydon, and Jon Savag

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Manus x Machina

Fashion in an Age of Technology

Andrew Bolton; Photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons

Art of the In-Between

Andrew Bolton

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Heavenly Bodies

Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Andrew Bolton

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In Pursuit of Fashion

The Sandy Schreier Collection

Andrew Bolton, Jessica Regan, and Mellissa Huber; With phot

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