Touring OSU’s Costume Collection

This past weekend I attended the Costume Society of America Midwestern Symposium in Columbus, Ohio. I missed Friday’s session, which included some great tours to Lane Bryant and a mascot manufacturer, but got to hear all the papers on Saturday.

Plus Saturday’s session included a tour of Ohio State University’s Historic Costume and Textiles Collection. Here’s a taste of the tour snapped with my iPhone.

The picture above is a 1940s parachute silk wedding dress, a phenomenon of the WWII era. Silk was in short supply due to rationing, so some wedding dresses were made out of unused parachutes. The beauty of the dress above is that the dressmaker left in the original parachute label, so it is rich for researchers to study.

The pants and bodice in the lefthand picture were designed by Gianni Versace, and the dress on the right is a Paco Rabanne. Both are quintessential looks by each of their designers.

The tour was fantastic, and it was great to see so many of OSU’s treasures. Also, it was a bonus for me to see how the collection was organized and stored, so I can get ideas how to improve the collection I care for.

photos by Jacqueline WayneGuite


  1. Katie* says:

    Very cool! I found out yesterday I could tour a waste water treatment facility. Not as awesome.

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