Category Collection Highlight
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 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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Fashion collections tend to have a disproportionately high number of garments intended for parties or other formal events. We all love to swoon over a luxurious velvet or silk garment. Everyday items also are less likely to survive, since in many cases they would have been worn until they were no longer wearable. This dress, […]