Want to see detailed glimpses of a vintage Claire McCardell or Dior without getting out of your pajamas? Or this lovely James Galanos, above? Of course you do! The FIT Museum has a small but fabulous online gallery that you should run, not walk, to check out. (You only have to run in the virtual sense. I love the internets!)
I would suggest you start with their Mid-Century Gallery. It has 78 couture items, which is a very small amount when you compare it to the Met's ginormous online database. But I prefer FIT's because of the wealth of info included with each entry. Just look at the detailed description of this McCardell "popover dress," which I am obsessed with, by the way.
You can zoom in very close, like on this hand-embroidered Dior:
The selection is top-notch. Another fabulous Dior!
I love the clever use of pattern on this McCardell day dress:
Two chiffon beauties by Desses:
Anyway, you get the point. Head over to the FIT Mid-Century Galley for some awesome inspiration. See you there! I'll be the one in my jammies.