That's one reason why we started The Downtown Costume Institute. STUPID families from STUPID places throwing out BRILLIANT art made by BRILLIANT people after they died.
When Madame died for example, her family came from some god-forsaken American toilet and raped her appartment. They threw out EVERYTHING. Sixty something years of magic gone in an instant! They refused to believe that Madame was gay (and dressed in drag). The Metropolitan Museum begged for those costumes (as did alot of other people) The family would just hang up. This has happened so many times. It's heartbreaking.
photographed by Michael James O'Brien in Paris.