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Exhibit: Something Old, Something New: Wedding Fashions and Traditions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

29 September 2023

I recently visited the MFA Boston to view ‘Something Old, Something New: Wedding Fashions and Traditions’ curated by Theo Tyson (@ms_theotyson). Tyson (she/they) is the Penny...

A Pair of Silk Satin Shoes by Francis Jacobs, c. 1840s

12 September 2022

According to a paper label adhered to one of his shoes, Francis Jacobs was a mid-19th century ladies shoemaker, with shops at 32 Rue de la Paix, Paris, and 179 Regent Street, London....

Olivia Emeline Lane Dresses, c.1827-1835: Hand Sewn in Stratham, NH

17 August 2022

 Olivia Emeline Lane Dresses, c.1827-1835, Stratham, NH I recently spent time trying to untangle some of the storyline and chronology for a box of Lane family textiles housed at the...

Found in Collections-Old York Historical Society

2 August 2022

Found in Collections:A little fashion myth busting - not all women had small feet. Museum and family collections are skewed toward small sizes for a wide variety of reasons but careful...