October 13, 2020. 3:00PM CT
Erika Holst, Curator of History at the Illinois State Museum, conversed with Samantha Comerford, Interim Assistant Collections Manager of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, regarding Holst’s recently opened exhibition Fashioning Illinois: 1820-1900. This exhibition tracks changes in garment shapes, mending and washing practices, as well as the undergarments worn by women in Illinois during these 80 years. The conversation focused on a few of the garments on display as well as the clothing industry and how it changed during 1820-1900 and beyond. They also discussed different display strategies utilized to put on an apparel-focused museum exhibition and how the garments came to life when placed on a mannequin.
Event was free and open to the public thanks to the support of The Anonymous Fund.
This event has passed; but you may still listen to the conversation via the video below.