Author Archives: sarahhegge

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Replacement Dress

The Up Cloche exhibition has been up since January and, in addition to many amazing hats, contains a few dresses from our collection. Recently, we became concerned about the condition of one. The dress is heavily decorated with beads and rhinestones, all on a base of 100-year-old silk charmeuse. Originally, the exhibition was supposed to […]

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The Suit with a Lot to Say

The garments in our collection range from the early 19th up through the 20th century.  The majority of the earlier pieces have no label or any other written information on them.  So, having spent most of my time recently with garments from 1900 or earlier, this 1936 dress and jacket outfit felt downright chatty to me. Our records indicated […]