Exhibits!

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1.) “SIMPLY QUAKER: WOMEN IN PLAIN DRESS”
Through December 31
Clinton County History Center [Wilmington, OH]

This exhibit attempts to address some of the mysteries of historic Quaker dress: how the wearing of the gown, fichu or neckerchief, shawl, day cap and bonnet were influenced by world events, reigning kings, Paris fashion, social culture, migration, and separation. In 1656, many members of the Society of Friends immigrated to America in search of religious freedom. Friends, also known as Quakers, dressed in traditional mainstream fashion. Then, about 1790 fashion stopped. Quakers were to wear the same style garments for the next 110 years. 41 articles of clothing worn by Quaker women between 1840 and 1900 will be on display.

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Halston, American Beauty Rose gown in red silk organza, 1980. Gift of Ms. Chris Royer. Photograph: William Palmer.

2.) “AMERICAN BEAUTY: AESTHETICS AND INNOVATION IN FASHION”
Through January 9
The Fashion Institute of Technology [New York City]

This exhibit explores how the “philosophy of beauty” is allied to the craft of dressmaking. Each of the 75 looks on display was chosen to exemplify the relationship between technical ingenuity and artistic excellence. It includes about 25 American fashion designers, ranging from the obscure to rising stars of the present day. American Beauty includes such dressmaking disciplines as draping, geometric forms, tailoring, and rigid construction from a broad spectrum of clothing styles, including daywear, suits, evening gowns, and active wear.

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Thank you to Costume Society of America for providing this information.

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  • winter September 29, 2012 10.46 pm

    this is a wonderful dress and i wish i had one myself

     

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