In Pursuit of Fashion: Tour and Lecture
Registration Information
January 28, 2020 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Met and The Appraisers Association Office
New York, NY

In Pursuit of Fashion:
The Sandy Schreier Collection

Tour and Lecture

Join us for a private before-hours tour of In Pursuit of Fashion:
The Sandy Schreier Collection at The Met led by Sandy Schreier
. The Costume Institute's Fall 2019 exhibition 
explores pieces
from Ms. Schreier's private fashion collection, 
a trove of twentieth-century
French and American couture and ready-to-wear collected over the
course of over half a century. 

Following the tour, Laura Layfer, fine and decorative arts consultant, will
provide a presentation on the clothing and accessories market. Ms. Layfer
will consider the rise of the luxury industry from highly coveted handbags and
costume jewels, to the identifiable elements of a one-of-a-kind and couture
vs. runway and ready-to-wear garments. Ms. Layfer will discuss how value is
defined at auction and resale, the provenance of vintage and new fashion,
and how the vice of "shopping" has transitioned to a lucrative vocation for
many consumers and collectors alike.


Gallery View, In Pursuit of Beauty: Origins of a Collection © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gallery View, The Message is the Medium: Fashion That Speaks © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

To read more about In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, click here.

Program Schedule

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Met

1000 Fifth Avenue
at 82nd Street
New York, NY

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street, Floor 11

New York, NY 10001 

3 CE credits

$100 - Members
$120 - Non-Members

Register online (at the top of this page);
by calling 212.889.5404 x 11 

Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment.
Registration is accepted only with payment.  

All cancellations must be made a week prior
to the program to receive a refund.


Sandy Schreier’s collection of 20th century fashion represents
the largest and finest private collection in the world. Ms. Schreier

frequently appears on TV and in radio interviews, and has styled 
for the stage and screen, including Bette Midler’s tour. 
In the
Sixties, Ms. Schreier designed the costumes for the Supremes
as well as 
accessories for Yves Saint Laurent.  Ms. Schreier’s
1992 exhibition "Chic to Chic" broke attendance records at
The Detroit Institute of Arts. Pieces of the Schreier collection have
been exhibited at The Louvre, The Hermitage, The Museum of Fine
Arts Houston and The Art Institute of Chicago. Sandy Schreier is a
lender to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume exhibitions, the
Queen Sofia Institute in New York and the De Young Museum in
San Francisco.  
Ms. Schreier is the author of Hollywood Dressed
& Undressed
 (Rizzoli, 1998) 
and Hollywood Gets Married
(Clarkson Potter, 2002).   

Laura Layfer started her career with auction houses in New York,
having worked at Sotheby's, and then at Christie's as a Furniture
& Couture Specialist. In this role, Ms. Layfer worked on several
important sales, including: Maria FÉlix: La DoÑa, The Nan
Kempner Collection, and The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. 
Previously, Ms. Layfer was also Art & Antiques Director at
Branca, Inc. a design firm with offices in Chicago and New York.
She frequently writes for various print and online publications,
as well as lectures on the topics of fashion, design and interiors. 
Ms. Layfer holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Michigan,
a graduate certificate in American fine and decorative arts from
Sotheby’s Institute, and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts &
Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program
with Parsons the New School. 
Additionally, she is a member of
the Couture Council at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of
Technology, and the Chicago History Museum Costume Council.

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