Hue loves summer. On a hot day, we like pressing an iced drink against our wrists, to cool down. We like that heat makes our muscles relax—even that big muscle between our ears. Hue especially likes the clothes people wear in summer, the tender peek-a-boo we play with our bodies. To show or not to show? Hue says go for it. Whatever you’ve done (or not done) with your body, it’s yours. Enjoy it!
Speaking of summer clothes, Hue had the most delightful experience recently. We somehow found ourselves in Cold Spring, a picturesque little town bursting with antique stores, not far north of the city. There, in the Putnam County Historical Society, we saw a heavenly show of summer clothes, Summer Afternoon: Fashion and Leisure in the Hudson Highlands, 1850–1950, curated by FIT faculty Lourdes Font.
We happen to know that Dr. Font understands just about everything there is to understand about clothes, and possibly the best thing about the show is that seeing it is a bit like spending time in her company. We can’t wait to get our mitts on the catalogue.
Possibly the second-best thing about the show is that students and alumni from FIT’s MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program worked on the garments in conservation classes. In fact, alumni Marjorie Jonas and Janet Kuhl began conserving garments for the show in 2008! Students Jessica Barber, Audrey Chaney, Emma Kader-Penner, Janet Lee, Katie Sabo, Kathryn Squitieri, and Nadine Stewart dressed mannequins, did research, and made skirts and underpinnings for the displays. Bravo to all!
Why not go, and make a day of it? Visitor information on the Putnam County Historical Museum can be found here, and the train schedule to Cold Spring can be found on this site. Didn’t Henry James call “summer afternoon” the most beautiful phrase in the English language? After you see this show, you’ll know why.
The exhibition runs through December 16.