Re: Costume exhibits
>You might look into Kent State University Museum in Kent OH, southeast of Cleveland.
> As a historical reenactor and interpreter in museums, I know for the
> Victorian era, especially in the midwest, finding extant references to
> actually look at, is difficult. Does anyone know of any collections, either
> museum, university or private, that has decent clothing preserved from that
> time period? Most of the museums I've worked at roughly dated between late
> 1860s (post Civil War)-1920. We occasionally would have books that would
> talk about fabrics available, patterns typical of the period, button styles,
> etc. but to actually SEE the peices and look at construction even from a few
> inches away and glass between us and it would have been so useful. We
> dressed in everything from formal day attire to the workingman/woman's
They have extensive collections, including Victorian fashions.
Martha Pullen, the "queen" of modern heirloom sewing, wrote a two volume book on their Victorian fashions, and another one on Children's Fashions from the Victorian period based on her own and other's collections of vintage baby clothes. http://www.marthapullen.com/books/kentstate/
- In Southeast PA there's:
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