Fall Fashion Exhibition at the Met

Exciting news came out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday. Its Costume Institute announced that it will offer the first fall fashion exhibition in seven years in the new Anna Wintour Costume Center!


mourning ensemble, 1870-1872 and veil, c. 1875, photo by Karin Willis, from Metropolitan Museum of Art

The exhibition is called Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, and will focus on on women’s mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. About 30 ensembles are expected to be on exhibit contextualized with fashion plates, jewelry, accessories, photographs, and daguerreotypes. The show will run October 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

It’s exciting news that the Met is returning to a two-exhibition-a-year schedule. Also, this show, which will be thematic and organized chronologically, sounds as if it may be more scholarly in nature than the blockbuster summer exhibitions the Costume Institute normally produces. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

A Column on Raincoast

When Sandra at Raincoast Creative Salon asked me to write a column on fashion-history game changers, I jumped at the chance. I’ll be writing two posts a month from October to December for her blog in a series titled “Fashion One-Oh-One.” And today, I’m really excited that the first post is up.

The Marriage of Queen Victoria, 10 February 1840, by Sir George Hayter, 1842, from the Royal Collection Trust

For the first column, I began with Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. I thought it would be a great place to start — many people know that Victoria set the white-wedding dress tradition, but they probably don’t know why and how that caught on. So head over and find out!

And if you are coming over from Raincoast Creative Salon, welcome! I’m happy to have you here. The Hourglass Files is a mix of historical and contemporary fashion, personal style, art, design, and a bit about my life. If you’re looking for more posts on fashion history, may I point you to the historic fashion tag. And I love discussions and questions, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

Exhibition File – Hunt and Habit

Hunt and Habit exhibition graphic from The Charleston Museum

I’ve always been curious about traditional hunting attire, but have not yet found the time to research it properly. Its nuances have influenced fashion throughout time, and its details are a mix of function and aesthetics.

The exhibition Hunt and Habit at The Charleston Museum shines a light on 19th century hunting apparel. Riding habits, hats, accessories for both men and women are contextualized with guns used in local hunts, a side saddle, and equestrian fashion plates.

Hunt and Habit closes on April 21 in the Textile Gallery.

Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
Admission: adults $10, children 3-12 years $5, children 2 and under free
Website: www.charlestonmuseum.org/hunt-and-habit