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. Advertisements

Curator Shirley Wajda will be offering the last public tour of “Up Cloche: Fashion, Feminism, Modernity” this Saturday, 22 October, at 2:30 pm. Don your cloche and join the fun one last time!!!

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 […]

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 […]

This week brings interesting news articles about “fast fashion” clothing and its impact on the environment. The first explores the relationship between fast fashion, higher consumption of clothing, use of synthetics and chemicals, and the reliance of manufacturers on charitable organizations for recycling clothing: Alden Wicker, “No one wants your old clothes,” MSN Money, September […]

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 […]