Fashion and Fashion Plates historic clothing exhibit on view, June 12-15, 2014

Fashion and Fashion Plates: An Exhibition of Selected Garments (dating from 1836-1956) Donated to the Vassar College Costume Collection will be on view in the Faculty Commons of Main Building, June 12-15 (specific hours are listed below). This show is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will feature a dozen historic garments accompanied by copies of fashion plates from the individual time periods.  Images from several nineteenth and early twentieth century fashion periodicals are represented including Lady’s Magazine, The Delineator and Costumes Parisiens.  The garments displayed will cover a span of more than one hundred years.
Fashion and Fashion Plates will be on view Thursday, June 12, 1-4 pm; Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 11 am-4 pm; and on Sunday, June 15, 11 am-2 pm.
About the Vassar College Costume Collection
The Vassar College Costume Collection features more than five hundred pieces of clothing from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The mission of the collection is twofold: to provide physical artifacts to support the study of the history of fashion design, and to preserve the history of the college. Each object in the collection can serve as an example to teach about fashion’s norms or innovations that developed throughout history, yet each garment also comes to us from Vassar’s community and represents Vassar’s own past, telling us in turn about the history of women’s education and the history of the Hudson Valley.
The Vassar College Costume Collection is supported by a gift in memory of Ronni Carol Kleinman ’68, facilities donated by Katharine Freston ’52, and gifts in honor of the collection’s founder, to the Holly Hummel Fund for the Historic Costume Collection.
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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, June 4, 2014