Best place to study vintage clothes (2008)

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

Three times a year, the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show sweeps into Manhattan, featuring 100-odd dealers selling 100-odd years' worth of vintage clothes. The $20 admission is admittedly steep, but in exchange, you get to examine everything close up—from 1950s Mainbocher gowns to 1970s Missoni caftans, 1940s Lili Ann suits to 1980s Louis Vuitton satchels. The Met hides its old clothes behind glass cases in dimly lit rooms, but here everything is in plain view; in fact, you can even try it on. And if you see something that you absolutely cannot live without (not hard), you can always bargain. Make an offer—you never know.


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