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Mrs. Catherine Donovan, Dressmaker to the NYC Elite

7 April 2019

Irish–born dressmaker to New York’s elite, Mrs. Catherine Donovan (1826?-1906), studied fashion in Paris. Donovan created her gowns in her fashionable shop and showroom...

Spring in Rural New England During the Founding Era: General Montgomery's Store

24 March 2019

General Montogmery’s Store, 24 March 1793, Haverhill, NH What was happening in the small court town of Haverhill, NH. on this day in 1793?          It...

Reuse, Recycling, & Refashioning: Past, Present, & Future in Fashion -- A Panel Discussion

15 March 2019

Reuse, Recycling, & Refashioning: Past, Present, & Future in FashionWith Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Jay Calderin, Michelle Finamore, and Pete Lankford  Moderated by Kimberly...

A Study in Pink: Two Silk Victorian Dresses, c. 187

5 February 2019

A 1871 pink silk dress with day and evening bodices, maker unknown; French.A lovely way to study design - both dresses are made of silk, with varying use of fringe (passementerie),...