On Teaching Fashion: Behind The Sequins

Happy New Year!I want to share with you a fabulous video series on the Mummers of Philadelphia.

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The Mummers Parade is an American event held each New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is thought to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.[1]

Local clubs (usually called “New Years Associations”) compete in one of four categories (comics, fancies, string bands and fancy brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. You can read about the Mummers museum, a museum dedicated to the mummer here: http://www.philaplace.org/story/177/

I will return in 2 weeks with more news from the fashion classroom.

Kelly Cobb


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