I keep an electronic wishlist on the website of Amazon.ca to make it easy for people to shop for my birthday and Christmas. This book is one for the list: 100 Dresses: The Costume Institute/The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I love to thumb through books like this one. I wonder where the owner wore the dress. What was it like to be the designer or seamstress who worked on it. What techniques did they use to create all the wonderful details? And lastly, how could I incorporate some of the details or style into a modern and wearable garment.