Are we not fortunate in being able to simply click on a link to have a treasure trove of information and images instantly delivered to us? In this case it's the incredible garment and costume collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and I just learned about its online collections database via an entry in Threadslatest newsletter. Peruse it simply for pleasure, or glean ideas for out-of-the-ordinary treatments for your own couture. You can search by designer, by era, by place, by materials, etc. And you can enlarge the pictures to focus on (and marvel over) every luscious detail.