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December 4th, 1997
Art Museum's Best Dressed Exhibition Inspires Great Holiday Gifts

Handblown glass ornaments patterned after vintage shoes and the contemporary Japanese designer Issey Miyake's spectacularly colorful "Flying Saucer" dress are among the many stylish holiday items available in the Best Dressed Exhibition Store within the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Presented in conjunction with Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style, an exhibition of haute couture and ceremonial dress on view at the Museum through January 4, the Exhibition Store offers fancifully fashionable takes on the season's classic gifts, and more. Besides ornaments inspired by shoes and frocks ($24.00 apiece) and satin, high-heeled stockings ($90.00), the Best Dressed Store offers great children's gifts—paper-doll cut-out books ($4.95), coloring books ($3.95), "puzzle-grams" ($3.50), and all the feather boas, scepters and sequined dresses needed to dress-up like a fairy-tale princess ($15.00-$60.00). Other items speak to more mature tastes: scarves ($50.00-$65.00), ties ($24.00), jewelry ($20.00-$175.00), purses ($55.00-$185.00) and even upholstered chairs in the shape of platform pumps ($995.00-1,200.00)!

The Main Store, located on the Museum's ground floor, now includes an extensive Holiday Shop featuring items that reflect the festive traditions of Christmas, Kwaanza and Chanukah. Ornaments in all media—ceramic, glass, wood, even some made from gourds and cones ($5.50-$38.00)—are accompanied by wrapping paper ($4.50 per roll), cards ($9.95 for nine), wrought-iron reindeer candle-holders ($28.00 and $32.00), and William Wegman's canine holiday video opus "Fay's 12 Days of Christmas" ($17.95). Chanukah menorahs range from $65.00 to $74.00, with cards at $12.00 to $15.00. African American heritage can be celebrated with the wonderful children's books Celebrating Kwanzaa ($6.95) and Seven Candles for Kwanzaa ($14.99).

Finally, the Balcony Store, on the Museum's first floor overlooking the West Entrance, provides that most sought after shopping opportunity—a beautiful shop filled with exceptional merchandise offered at remarkably low prices. Through the holidays, all items in the Balcony Store will be available for 50% of their original retail price. Wonderful gifts can be found among the bargains, including books, puzzles, t-shirts, caps, decorative items, stationery, prints and ties.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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