Reading List: Experts Assess Loss at Brazil’s National Museum, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Recovered and More

Reading List: Experts Assess Loss at Brazil’s National Museum, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Recovered and More

Devastating Losses: Days after a fire ripped through Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, experts have yet to comb through and calculate the total extent of the destruction. According to some estimates, as much as 90 percent of the museum’s collection has been irreparably damaged by flames and smoke, including priceless artifacts that date back to 750 B.C. Here are just some of the items on that list. artnet News

Ruby Slippers: It took a bit more than the click of the heel to get the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” back home. The famous shoes, stolen early one morning in August 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, were recovered by the FBI in a sting operation this summer and sent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. While the FBI has identified suspects, the identities of the thieves are still unknown. Courthouse News

Lawsuit: On Tuesday, dancer Alexandra Waterbury filed a lawsuit against the New York City Ballet and company principal dancer Chase Finlay, who shared explicit photos and videos of Waterbury taken without her consent. The suit sheds light on a memo released by NYCB to The New York Times in August stating that Finlay resigned in light of allegations of misconduct, and that Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, both involved with the case, were suspended without pay until 2019. In the complaint, Waterbury states that the NYCB fosters a “fraternity-like atmosphere” that enables the male dancers to “disregard the law and violate the basic rights of women.” NYCB chairman Charles Scharf said in a statement that the company “vehemently denies the allegations” that they “condoned, encouraged or fostered the kind of activity that Mr. Finlay and the others named have participated in.” Gothamist

Underappreciated: Why isn’t Victorian-era author Elizabeth Gaskell revered in a manner similar to Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott? That’s a mystery Hannah Rosefield plumbs for The New Yorker, interrogating how and why the author — who wrote about deplorable factory conditions when it wasn’t suitable for a woman to do so — is often overlooked in conversations about both feminism and esteemed authors. The New Yorker

Art But Make It Fashion: This December, Chanel will bring the runway to the Metropolitan of Art for its annual Métiers d’Art. The special event, launched by Chanel head creative director Karl Lagerfeld in 2002, was created with the expressed purpose of recognizing the craftsmanship of its ateliers. While the museum hosts the Met Gala each year, the last fashion show held in the hallowed halls of the Met was Valentino in 1982. Vogue

New York Fashion Week: Yes, it’s that time of year again. But something is different about this year’s festivities, writes Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times. Fears about rising nationalism in both the U.K. and the U.S. cast a long shadow over the entire glamorous affair. Fashion critics are also wondering if this year’s rise in activism, including the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, will influence designs. The New York Times

No. 49: One of the two remaining unaccounted for Inverted Jenny stamps has been authenticated. For those unfamiliar with the particulars of the Inverted Jenny, the famous stamp is the result of a printing goof that accidentally placed a biplane upside down on a single sheet of 100 stamps in May of 1918. The New York Times

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