Did you know that you can download 425 books and exhibition catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art for free? This isn't April fools, this is the wonderful reality of open culture. I found a wealth of fashion titles full of high quality photos and immediately knew I had to share them with you. Most of these books are out of print, so this is the easiest way to get them. Enjoy your legal downloads!

Christian Dior by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1996) / Download

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American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s by Richard Martin (1998) / Download

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The Essential Art of African Textiles by Alisa LaGamma and Christine Giuntini (2008) / Download

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History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century by various authors / Download

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Madame Grès by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1994) / Download

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Our New Clothes: Acquisitions of the 1990s by Richard Martin (1999) / Download

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The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815 by various authors / Download

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Bare Witness by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1996) / Download

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Bloom! by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1995) / Download

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Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton (2006) / Download

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The Eighteenth-Century Woman by Olivier Bernier (1982) / Download

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The Imperial Style: Fashions of the Hapsburg Era by Polly Cone (1980) / Download

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From Queen to Empress: Victorian Dress, 1837–1877 by Caroline Goldthorpe (1989) / Download

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Haute Couture by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1995) / Download

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Infra-Apparel by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1993) / Download

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The Manchu Dragon: Costumes of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 1644–1912 by Jean Mailey (1980) / Download

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Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1994) / Download

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Waist Not: The Migration of the Waist, 1800–1960 by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1994) / Download

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Thank you sooo much for this beautiful gift Met!!, I am so very stocked about receiving this present, my downloads will be very much treasured and I appreciate you guys doing this so very much!. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead, much love and bestest wishes to you all XXXX

Shared this with the 400+ members of Costumer's Guild West, Inc., primarily in southern California, but with members world wide (who come for our annual 4 day Costume College). What a great resource. I have been a Met Museum national member for 40 years; you are terrific. Thank you!

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I experienced a couple of these exhibits and have the catalogs. Wonderful that others can enjoy the fantastic exhibits. Love the NY Met.

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Can we use these resources to teach our students?

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Thank you sooo much for this beautiful gift Met!!, I am so very stocked about receiving this present, my downloads will be very much treasured and I appreciate you guys doing this so very much!. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead, much love and bestest wishes to you all XXXX

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What is the copyright on these books?

Hi! I'm not sure, better to check with MOMA.

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Shared this with the 400+ members of Costumer's Guild West, Inc., primarily in southern California, but with members world wide (who come for our annual 4 day Costume College). What a great resource. I have been a Met Museum national member for 40 years; you are terrific. Thank you!

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