men rarely have influence on society- Mark Twain
wise of Mark Twain to remind us of the importance of dress in such
a pithy manner!
Collections house some of the most special cultural objects--the
saved garments and accessories tell of past cultures at the most
intimate level. Many of these objects are too fragile to exhibit
where the lighting can fade even the most color-fast dyes. Other
collections lack the resources and support to exhibit their treasures.
got "turned on" to the wonders of historic fashions as
the manager of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Costume Design
Center. We researched, designed, and produced 18th century
style garments for the 1400 historical interpreters. The design
center still exists, but I moved to a new city. What stayed with
me was the excitement of working with historic fashions.
my research of 18th century clothing, I encountered the
same problems, lack of staff, visibility, and resources. I wanted
to help with a creative solution.
purpose of the calendar project is to connect people with the objects
in a fun contemporary manner-- to get you as excited as I was when
studying Thomas Jefferson's greatcoat, George Washington's inaugural
suit, and everyday clothing whose owners remain anonymous. An annual
calendar was a natural link. To be honest, I was tired of cocker
spaniels, cute cats, and soap operas for wall art. Why not demand
"our" space on the walls to be admired and examined each
and every day of the year.
we started 1998 with a wall calendar featuring
costumes from 12 of North America's finest collections. Catherine
Livingstone Van Renssler's wedding dress of 1764 graced the cover
from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Over 40 other objects were featured as this is not your ordinary
calendar. It is a booklet of information, and as one person said,
"I've never had so much fun reading a calendar."
continued our costume calendar series with the 1999 issue: Historic
Fashions of Women & Children by featuring twelve different collections.
The cover features 1914 family photograph at the christening of
the first grandchild, anonymous donor, courtesy of the Chicago Historical
Society. Also featured is The Charleston Museum in Charleston, South
Carolina founded in 1773 and 40 more costumes.
2000: Historic Fashions Turning the Centuries is our special
collectible edition. It features over fifty images of what people
wore as the centuries turned in 1690 - 1710, 1789 - 1810, and 1890
- 1910. Were the styles similar or different? What design elements
were borrowed from past fashions?
calendar is a fun way to connect to our past through clothing and
cloth, and you will know where to go learn more through exhibitions
2001: Historic Fashions During War Times, 1775-1945 features
twelve new collections and a special look at fashions during war
times -- on the front line and the home front. Each month features
multiple images and historical information on the uniforms, civilian
dress, and accessories from Revolutionary War through World War
II. The introduction includes a great overview by Dr. Patricia Cunningham,
Ohio State University costume historian. Find out why these calendars
have been voted "most educational wall calendar" two years
in a row!
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