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“Fashion of the 19th Century” in the Young Ladies Journal, January 1888 (History Colorado)
“Fashion of the 19th Century” in the Young Ladies Journal, January 1888 (History Colorado)

“The editor of the Montana Schreecher attended a May-day ball and, for the first time in his life, attempted a description of the costumes for the benefit and gratification of his lady readers. We copy several of his gratifying descriptions:

“Miss Sally McSniffin was rigged out as pretty as a red and green wagon with two spring seats, and made more mashes than a few. She had on a blue dress with a flap at the side, and a puffy something or other on the other side.

“Miss Susie Sharp wore an en train rig, and could have knocked Mrs. Langtry silly when it came to good looks. Her hair was en curl and her face en powder. She had sixteen rings on one finger and bracelets clean to her elbow.

“Little Birdie Bloom was ‘the daintiest darling of all,’ in white toggery of some sort, looped up in spots. She wore hand-painted gloves and slippers, and passymentry jewelry; also the curls that have been on exhibition in the window of our fashionable hair-dresser for the past week.

“Miss Dorritty reminded one of a double rainbow and was the belle of the occasion. It’s a cold day when Lizzie Ann Dorritty gets left at a ball, and she was at her best last night. She is immensely popular at the Fifth Avenue hotel, where she has been head cook for the past year. She was as sweet last night as one of her own apple dumplings.—Tid Bits.”

Bent County Register (Lamar, Colo.), July 2, 1887

Molly Brown and Fashion Design

Some final results at AICThis past January, faculty from the Art Institute of Colorado contacted History Colorado to arrange research visits for two of their Fashion Design & Marketing classes to view items in our collections pertaining to Margaret “Molly” Brown. The students were specifically interested in seeing photographs and clothing owned by Mrs. Brown. We were thrilled to host these talented students and instructors as they examined these items and talked with curators and librarians about our collections. Continue reading “Molly Brown and Fashion Design”

History and Fashion

blog_fashionStudents are weaving fashion and history together in a unique project involving the Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing program at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus and the History Colorado education department’s fashion collection. Working with historic garments from the 1860s to the 1950s—including menswear, children’s clothes, and Colorado First Ladies’ dresses—students will write two-part blogs about a select garment, recording its time period, elements specific to its era, its wearers, when it would be worn, and other interesting information. Students will write research papers about how their garment influenced styles of the last fifty years and how it translates to the twenty-first century.  They’ll also include the silhouette, fiber and color, fabrication details, and the garment’s symbolism. The project’s goal is to have the students identify and analyze the psychological, social, aesthetic, economic, technological, religious, and geographic factors that influence dress. Continue reading “History and Fashion”