Installation Accessories

Installation Accessories

Installation Accessories

To complete this 1885 walking ensemble, we created a wig, period correct hat, shoes, and parasol out of conservation appropriate materials.

1897 Graduation Dress

1897 Graduation Dress

Installation accessories can help tell the story of a garment. This white cotton  dress was worn as a graduation dress around 1897. Through historic research and investigation of period photographs, we discovered that fabric rosettes were fashionable accessories for young female graduates at the time. A blue and green rosette and matching belt were then created to complete the graduation ensemble.

1885 Pink Wool Walking Dress

1885 Pink Wool Walking Dress

Close up shot of installation shoes and parasol.

1885 Pink Wool Walking Dress

1885 Pink Wool Walking Dress

Close up shot of installation wig and bonnet. Historical research of hairstyles and headwear of the period informed construction of these items.

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

To complete the installation of a c. 1900 cream challis wool day dress, we created an installation collar, wig and hat from conservation appropriate materials.

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

Period research informed the design and construction of the wig and hat. We chose Nylon tulle [in several grades] over paper to create the soft, billowy hairstyles predominant in the early 20th century. 

We used custom-tinted cotton tulle to suggest the typical lace collars of the day; this accessory is essential to complete an early 20th century day ensemble.

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

1900 Cream Challis Day Dress

Reverse view of installation wig and hat.

c. 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

c. 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

The ensemble also included a navy silk crepe slip. The slip was in extremely poor condition, with numerous slits and tears throughout.

c. 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

c. 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

A pattern was taken from the original slip and a reconstruction created for installation using a similar navy blue silk.

Installation Skirts

Installation Skirts

Custom made linen skirts were made to complete the installation of a white cotton eyelet bodice and cutwork linen jacket. Both skirts were copied from fashion illustrations researched in early 20th century issues of Vogue magazine.