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Frick's Gilded Age clothes part of giant Google online fashion exhibit

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
The Clayton mansion at the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood.
The Clayton mansion at the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood.

The "We Wear Culture" project by Google Arts & Culture is a collaboration between the Frick Pittsburgh and more than 180 cultural institutions from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and around the world.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the project allows you to explore everything from ancient Silk Road, through the courtly fashions of Versailles to British punk and the stories behind the clothes you wear today. This project includes 3,000 years of the world's fashion brought together in the largest exhibition of style.

Gilded Age Fashion by the Frick is now available online as part of the opening of this global exhibition.

The exhibitions feature the icons, the movements, the game changers and the trendsetters including Monroe, Alexander McQueen, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Christian Dior, Helmet Newton, Irving Penn, Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Gianni Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Balmain, Vivienne Westwood and Miyake Issey.

Fashion experts, curators and designers, as well as universities and museums from around the world collaborated on the exhibition to show that fashion is a part of our culture, a form of art and a result of true craftsmanship. Google's state-of-the-art technology, including virtual reality, 360-degree videos, street view, and ultra-high resolution "gigapixel" images were used to preserve the collections and make them available for everyone.

"I am thrilled the Frick is working with Google and a host of international museums and collections to create fabulous online exhibitions that showcase the dramatic and extraordinary world of fashion," says Robin Nicholson, executive director of the museum, in a news release.

"We invite everyone to browse the exhibition on their phones or laptops and learn about the stories behind what you wear, " says Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture. "You might be surprised to find out that your jeans or the black dress in your wardrobe have a centuries-old story. What you wear is true culture and more often than not a piece of art."

Make a virtual visit to fashion's many homes like the Conde Nast's Dream Pad, the Palace of Versailles and African Heritage House. Look around the MoMu Fashion Museum, or walk through the Palazzo Pitti with Karl Lagerfield's "Vision of Fashion" photography exhibit on display.

Ultra-high resolution images — taken by the Google Art Camera — allow visitors to marvel at masterful stitches of a Dragon Robe worn by a Qing Dynasty emperor and to get close to the Elsa Schiaparelli evening coat and its artfully attached rose details.

The exhibition is available online at and through the Google Arts & Culture app on iOS and Android. Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to explore art, history and wonders of the world.


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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