May 21 – June 6
The Palmer Gallery in Vassar College [Poughkeepsie, NY]

This exhibition will showcase final projects from the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop, a semester-long NEH funded project to better document and stabilize the Vassar College Costume Collection, a collection of original historic  clothing dating from the 1850s to the present that is maintained as a research collection within the costume shop of the Drama department. The grant has allowed three professionals from the field of costume history to lead workshops for Vassar staff, students, and community members: Colleen Callahan, Jessa Krick, and Jonathan Scheer.

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Through May 30

The Textile Museum of Canada [Toronto, Ontario]

Shawl, Kashmir, mid 19th century

This exhibit traces the origins of the shawl from the noble courts of India, where finely woven pieces were made and worn for several centuries, to the high-fashion market in Europe, where shawls were desired for their unusual beauty and exquisite weaving. 33 beautiful examples will illustrate how in Europe the shawl became a symbol of femininity, integrating the romantic exoticism of the 18th century with the Victorian values of innocence and decency of the mid 19th century.

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Through June 6
The Hague Museum [The Hague, The Netherlands]

Voici Paris

This exhibit will showcase the history of haute couture, alongside creations by today’s top couturiers. Renowned fashion houses like Dior, Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier will lend a number of exclusive couture creations from their latest collections, and never before seen in the Netherlands. Visitors will be able to admire close up the details that make these garments so unique: the sumptuous fabrics, unparalleled embroidery, the cut. In short: all the skills of Parisian couture.

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