Thursday, August 3, 2017

CoBloWriMo Day 3: Extant Garment



CoBloWriMo day 3's prompt is "Extant Garment," which I'm actually finding kind of difficult.  Not because I don't have access to surviving historical clothing, but because I'm spoiled for choice.  I've been privileged to visit some really stunning exhibits and even got a behind-the-scenes tour of the massive Winterthur collections...twice!  I know a lot of my friends have gone overseas for study trips and visited famous European collections, but even though I haven't done that, I've still seen so many cool garments and objects, I simply cannot decide on a favorite one to share!

I mean, how could you pick?

Susan Greene Collections, Genesee Country Village & Museum


Private Collections, on Display at Greenfield Village



Wool Day Dress, Private Collections, on Display at Greenfield Village

Ballgowns, Private Collections, on Display at Greenfield Village

Susan Greene Collections, Genesee Country Village & Museum


Susan Greene Collections, Genesee Country Village & Museum

And don't even get me started on Pinterest!  I mean, sure, some things are mislabeled, but I've never found anything better for inspiration images.  Extant garments are some of my favorite sources of information when it comes to garment construction; there are such great details of construction and workmanship.  They also really speak to what people valued in the past--what kinds of garments were considered special or worthy of preservation can tell us a lot about who the people who created, wore, and saved them.

How about you?  Do you have a favorite extant piece to share?

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