Category Archives: Costume

The Tissue of Dreams: Paper Patterns in the Tailoring Trade

In the opening chapter of her book A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution, curator and scholar Joy Spanabel Emery cites the October 1916 issue of Designer magazine: “There is nothing so cheap & yet … Continue reading

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Emergency Mode: The Wartime Hats of Sally Victor

Promptly at 3pm on December 18, 1941, members of the American fashion press gathered at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York City and patiently awaited their introduction to emergency mode. A fundraiser to benefit the British Ambulance Corps, the … Continue reading

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Showgirls, starlets and ingenues in training: Costume Patterns of the 1930s

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         In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite costume designs from the collection on our new Instagram feed all week (@fitspecialcollections).  We found one of these costume holdings especially fun and wanted … Continue reading

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