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  • Choosing the mannequin
    In an earlier post, I discussed the process of preparing a custom mount for our upcoming exhibition, “The Great War: Women and Fashion in a World at War.” I thought I would show a comparison between the pieces dressed on … Continue reading
  • Snaps, and hooks and eyes, and more snaps
    As fashionable silhouettes change  it sometimes takes a while for dressmaking techniques to adapt to the new styles. An example of this is this 1921 wedding dress. It has the 1920’s youthful look, the bust and waist are de-emphasized and … Continue reading
  • A Peek inside a Charles James gown
    This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened their latest exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The Kent State University Museum has several Charles James dresses including a nearly identical dress to one in the Met’s exhibition. James first designed the … Continue reading
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