Costume History

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Collection’s Highlight: Wedding Reception Dress 

Detailed pictures of this gown’s embroidery are some of the most popular photos on the Clothing Project tumblr account. It is easy to see why, the embroidery still pops with life and color almost 200 years later. However, I have been hesitant to photograph and feature the entire piece. The gown is too delicate for a dress form, and the color of the silk mull has not faired as well as the embroidery. But I had a request to see the dress so here it is! 

Dress, ca. 1821-1822, silk, L: 48in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Museum Purchase, N0221.1962.


Collection’s Highlight: Riding Coat

Riding coat of Cooperstown, New York native Charlotte Prentiss Browning (1837-1935). The garment is lined with gray quilted silk taffeta, featuring bell shaped sleeves and large grossgrain bows. Very “military” in nature, echoing conflicts contemporary to the time.  

Riding Coat, ca 1860-1870, velvet. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of the Estate of Mary Loesch, N0172.1958. Photograph by Richard Walker


Costume study sketches…just doodling various outfits from reference, for inspiration in creating a character design for my comic Hallowed. Ugh….I need to post more often, it actually looks like I’m slacking, but I’ve been working on some commissions that I cannot post yet. But in the meantime, costume doodles! :D


Collection’s Highlight: Black and White Satin Gown 

    This lovely black and white brocade satin gown from the turn of the century shows the newly popular skirt shape featuring a smooth front and flat pleated back. This cut results in a trumpet-shaped skirt with a short train. The shape of this skirt was a perfect palette for emphasizing the rich fabrics popular during the era.  This style of dressmaking left the seams exposed, requiring skill on the part of the dressmaker to cut and sew the figured fabric accurately.*  

*Detailed pictures of the seams to come later this week!*

Dress, ca. 1895-1900, M.E. Clancy, silk, cotton, L: 60in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Mrs. Walter J. Green and Charles Childs, N0132.1951ab, Photographs by Richard Walker