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October 8th, 1997
'Best Dressed: 250 Years Of Style' Fact Sheet

Description: A celebration of fashion from around the world, featuring over 200 items of exceptional feminine attire from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as men's apparel, and Western and non-Western regional dress. Featured will be works by design luminaries such as Charles Worth, Charles James, Elsa Schiaparelli, Geoffrey Beene and Issey Miyake. Special highlights of the exhibition include the 1956 wedding gown of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, and the spectacular, embroidered "Elvis Gown" worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Dates and Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dorrance Galleries, first floor. October 21, 1997, through January 4, 1998.

Museum and Exhibition Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays until 8:45 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children age 5 to 18, seniors 62 and over, and students with valid I.D., and include Museum admission. Advance tickets are required on weekends, including Sunday morning. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum, or by calling (215) 235-SHOW.

Exhibition Sponsors: The exhibition has been made possible with major funding from The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Additional support was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fashion Group of Philadelphia Fund for Exhibitions, Mrs. Howard H. Lewis, The McCausland Foundation, and Mrs. Meyer Eglin.

Exhibition Curator: The exhibition has been organized by Dilys Blum, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Publications: Two new publications highlighting the Museum's collections of costume and textiles will accompany the exhibition: Best Dressed: Fashion Since Worth in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Group Tours: Special group packages for 15 to 100 persons may be arranged through the Group Sales Office at (215) 684-7863.

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.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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