Author Archives: sarahhegge

The Shoes with a Sharp Story

Every once in a while, when I’m researching an object, I find something entirely unexpected.  That’s certainly what happened recently with a pair of early 20th century shoes.  Made of off-white leather with beautiful beading and curved heel, I wanted to get a sense of who and when the shoes might have been worn.  All […]

The Distracting Suit

Before and after being assessed as part of our condition survey project, this dress spent about a day hanging on a rack with a dozen other garments next to my workspace.  Without fail, everyone who passed by ignored the other pieces on the rack and went straight to this distracting suit. It’s not hard to see why […]

The Dress With all the Accessories

The idea of “personal style” is  something that gets thrown around quite often these days.  The woman responsible for this c1963 collection of items most likely had some very strong ideas about what she liked. All eight items were made with or covered with the same charming blue fabric, making for a perfectly matched set. […]

The Not Earmuffs

At present, the catalog records for the Historic Fashion Collection are less than perfect. Most of the records from the past 20 years or so are fine, but that only makes up a small fraction of the collection.  Most of the records were originally created as part of a physical card catalog.  These were then […]

The Patriotic Boots

Today, in spite of the hard election season, I’m feeling rather patriotic!  Voting always brings that out in me.  For those of you who need a little more inspiration, I’ve dug out this fantastic pair of boots (5691.1.1 and 5691.1.2)! Bought in 1972.

Survey Reflections

This summer we started a condition survey of the Historic Costume Collection. Our aim was to get a clear picture of what we have in the collection and how much of that is in exhibitable condition.  An inventory of this sort has been needed for a while. It became a priority, however, when learned that […]

Come See Us in Grand Rapids! 9/16/2016

Last March as a tie-in to our Up Cloche exhibit we put on an event called Dress Like a Flapper.  We used instructions created by Mary Brooks Picken, Director of Instruction at the the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Science, to make a dress in under one hour in front of a live audience.  The event […]