|Silk dress from the late 1840s restored after alterations in the 1940s
||Child’s printed cotton robe circa 1825-1835
February fashion exhibit to highlight recent donations
University’s Fashion Archives and Museum will host “Our New Old Clothes: Recent
Acquisitions of the Fashion Archives and Museum” beginning Feb. 1.
will highlight some of donations made to the collection since Dr. Karin J.
Bohleke, the director, assumed her responsibilities in 2007. It will be on
display at the SHAPE Gallery, 20 W. King St., Shippensburg through Feb. 22.
It is the first
partnership between the Fashion Archives and Museum and SHAPE (Shippensburg
Arts Programming and Education), which
seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Shippensburg community through
interactive cultural, artistic and heritage activities.
Grace, a Shippensburg University alumna and president of SHAPE’s board of
directors, said she and members of the board “are thrilled to work with the
Fashion Archives and Museum at Shippensburg University to organize an
exhibition that showcases fashion, culture, and history with particular
emphasis on artistic expression. The exhibit offers an excellent opportunity to
share the Fashion Archives and Museum’s incredible collection and resources
with the community.”
According to Bohleke, “The Fashion Archives and Museum
houses a fantastic collection that benefits both university and community
members, and I am eager to showcase some of the many exquisite items for the
public. Historic costume is an ideal vehicle for examining our cultural past
and present and for exploring the different styles that are continually
recycled and renewed. SHAPE presents a
perfect opportunity for this to occur.”
century garments to be on display include a bustle gown embroidered with
sunflowers and a circa 1895 wool tweed promenade suit with exaggerated sleeves
fashionable at the time. The late 1840s are represented by two dresses: one of
shot silk satin and the other of warp-printed rose and gold silk taffeta.
century garments to be on display include a sheer black cotton net evening
gown, hand embroidered in pearls, blue and black sequins and gold bullion that
represents the late 1930s and early 1940s.
from other time periods will also be on display.
opening is 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The gallery’s regular operating hours are Wednesday
to Fridays 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.