Anne Hollander (1930-2014) was an independent historian of art and dress, specializing in the relation between them.
Born in Cleveland on October 16, 1930, the only child of Arthur Loesser and Jean Bassett Loesser, she received a BA from Barnard College, majoring in art history, in 1952. In 1953 she married the poet John Hollander. They had two daughters, Martha and Elizabeth. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1979 she married the philosopher Thomas Nagel. She lived in New York, and after 1989 also spent part of the year in Paris. She died in New York on July 6, 2014.
She taught courses at New York University, UCLA, and Indiana University and lectured widely at other universities and museums. Her essays and reviews appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Connoisseur, The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, among others.
She held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975-76. Between 1994 and 1996 she was President of PEN American Center. She was also a Fellow of The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University and served as Acting Director 1995-96. In 2002, she curated the exhibition, “Fabric of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting” at The National Gallery in London.
She is the author of the following books: Seeing Through Clothes (1978), Moving Pictures (1989), Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress (1994), Feeding the Eye (2000), Fabric of Vision, the exhibition catalog (2002), and Woman in the Mirror, Text accompanying photographs by Richard Avedon (2005).