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Fashion Archives

Truth is Stranger than Fictional Characters: Dolly Varden in the 1870s

August 30th 2019

By Emily McCort, 2019 Summer Fashion Archives Intern

 

If Clothes Could Talk: The Social History of the Tea Gown

August 18th 2019

By Emily McCort, 2019 Summer Fashion Archives Intern

 

Exhibiting Costume at the Maryland Historical Society, 1970 and Now

August 17th 2019

AnnaLivia McCarthy, 2019 Fashion Archives Intern 

 

Forgotten Furs: Collections Care Strategies for Fur Garments in the Maryland Historical Society's Fashion Archives

August 16th 2019

Fur fashions seem to transcend time and space. They have appeared in numerous cultures across the world throughout the last few thousand years for both functional and aesthetic reasons. While the 1980s and 1990s saw a decline in the desire for fur coats that required the inhumane treatment of animals…

 

Archiving Accessories: How to Mount a Fan for Storage

August 8th 2019

By Vivien Barnett, Fashion Archives Intern, Summer 2019

 

Making a Mend: Historic Repair Techniques for Costume

August 2nd 2019

AnnaLivia McCarthy, 2019 Fashion Archives Intern 

 

A Brief History of the Fashion Plate

July 26th 2019

Emily McCort, 2019 Summer Fashion Archives Intern In the last couple of years, I personally began collecting fashion plates. As someone who has an interest in fashion history and a background in the arts, the combination of fashion and art fascinated me. Earlier fashion plates give the most up to date…

 

Dating 101: The Pagoda Sleeve of the Mid-19th Century

July 19th 2019

By Vivien Barnett, Fashion Archives Intern 2019

 

Bold Prints, Ikat and Chiné Silk

July 12th 2019

AnnaLivia McCarthy, 2019 Fashion Archives Intern 

 

Repurposing Fashion: A 19th Century Woman's Guide to Thrift

July 5th 2019

  Emily McCort, 2019 Summer Fashion Archives Intern

 

An 1890s Ermine Tail Cape

June 28th 2019

Vivien Barnett, Fashion Archives Intern, Summer 2019

 

Meet Our 2019 Fashion Archives Interns!

June 21st 2019

 

 

2019 Fashion Archives Internship Announcement

January 11th 2019

 The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to offer summer positions to successful pre-program applicants for its annual Fashion Archives Internship Program! This year’s program will focus on conservation, mounting, and exhibition preparation of costume and accessories for the upcoming exhibition The Spectrum of Fashion: Highlights from the Fashion Archives at…

 

2018 Dress of the Year

December 28th 2018

The Maryland Historical Society Fashion Archives has announced its Dress of the Year 2018! With its stunning metallic gold and silver embroidery, lace trims, and its sequin-adorned net overlay, this early 1900s Doucet gown continues to take our breath away!

 

A Shield Against the Cold: an 1820s Winter Bonnet

December 21st 2018

Today, December 21st, officially marks the beginning of winter and, consequently, the ushering in of cold, frigid weather. When you woke up this morning, you likely consulted the day’s forecast and planned an outfit best suited for the chilly weather. One accessory often worn during this season is a hat…