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All Dressed Up Exhibit at the Whatcom Museum

When one thinks about the Whatcom Museum collections, many things may come to mind: The John M. Edson Hall of Birds, the contemporary masterpieces in the art collection, the Photo Archives, or the treasures in the history collection. Perhaps lesser known is the incredible clothing collection that includes hundreds of examples of historic garments spanning from the 1800s through the mid-20th century.

Historic clothing has the ability to transport people to a different time or place, to sense that these items were worn by real people, and to imagine oneself in their midst. All Dressed Up… highlights some of the more colorful examples of artistry as fashion in the Museum’s collection. The exhibit showcases items of clothing that would have been worn “out on the town,” such as a stunning blue striped silk dress with off-white satin banding from the 1910s and the dramatic 1928 lavender full-length chiffon gown worn by the artist Helen Loggie.

An array of vintage designer evening shoes will also be on display, as well as an assortment of antique fashion accessories. Allow yourself to be immersed in the styles and color palettes of the past century and to contemplate the significance of getting “all dressed up” for an occasion, for company, or just for oneself.

Support for collections photography provided by Art Bridges Bridge Ahead Initiative.

Starts: May 29, 2021

Occurs: Every week on Sunday Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until October 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Admission: $5-10 | Included with admission/members free

Location: Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall
121 Prospect St., Bellingham, View Website

Phone: (360) 778-8930

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