We originally featured this digital exhibition from Europeana in the 1-26-2018 Scout Report, and it is still informative and visually appealing for anyone whose interest is piqued by fashion history.
As fashionistas will attest, sartorial trends often cycle back around after a few years or decades of obscurity. This Europeana online exhibit demonstrates that fashion trends can also reemerge centuries after they first appeared. Drawing on the collections of a variety of European museums and other cultural institutions (including the Amsterdam Museum, Paris's Les Arts Decoratifs and the Victoria and Albert Museum), this exhibit allows visitors to compare clothing items of yesteryear with more modern reinterpretations side-by-side. For example, visitors can view a 1928 evening gown by Madeleine Vionnet alongside a 2005 Viktor & Rolf evening gown. Both gowns incorporate the same style of bow, although in very different ways. Another comparison places a late-18th-century frock coat alongside a 1981 Vivienne Westwood coat. These photographs are accompanied by short annotations that provide additional information about the clothing items displayed in the exhibit.