Exhibition Overview: Fashions from the late 1800s to 1960s are represented in the most current exhibit at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.The exhibit is entitled: Fashion Treasures from the Museumís Permanent Artifact & Fashion Collection.
This fashion exhibit first premiered in year 2005 at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion Historyís former location in the Pineapple Grove Arts District located in Downtown Delray Beach, Florida.
The 2010 Fashion Treasures exhibit has been modified and enhanced. The exhibit was developed based on items from the Museumís permanent artifact, archival and fashion collections.Fashion Treasures was curated by Lori J. Durante who serves at the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.
Fashion Treasures is a chronological exhibit displayed in a decade by decade sequence from the late 1800s to 1960s.Through this exhibit, visitors will have an opportunity to learn how lifestyles, status or wealth, the economy and war influenced extreme changes in clothes design from one decade to the next. The exhibit is also recommended for students who are doing research for school projects about history, social studies, anthropology, fashion and/or textiles.
Although Fashion Treasures is a permanent and on-going exhibition, the items, clothes, accessories and artifacts are presented in the exhibit on a rotating schedule and will be changed or modified seasonally.
Presently, over 40 items selected from the museumís permanent archival, artifact and fashion collection are featured in the exhibit, such as a black 1890 silk bustle skirt and black whale-boned bodice (top) which are both fine examples of the S-bend silhouette that was popular during this period.These items were donated to the Museum by Marion Cone of Lake Worth, Florida.Another item on display is a circa 1920s menís Stetson hat that was donated to the Museum from Chris Fraser of Delray Beach, Florida.The Stetson hat once belonged to her late grandfather August Henning Youngren who was born in 1869 and was from Galesburg, Illinois.Other fashions showcased represent the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.The fashions of the 1920s represent womenís styles that were free of the corsets and bustles and offered straight, knee length silhouettes with frilly designs.The 1930s clothes had the bland simplicity that was influenced by the great financial depression of that decade. A 1938 fancy dress worn, by Kathleen Van Hoose Snowof Shreveport, Louisiana, to a wedding is among the rare and more stylish dresses from the Great Depression period that is displayed. The 1940s fashions reveal shorter hemlines and fewer decorations due to the government imposed fabric rationing because of World War II.
The 1950s introduced a return to high-glamour Ė a celebratory period because the war had ended.Nancy Fisher Alley of Boca Raton, Florida donated to the Museum her motherís 1949 Maytag Dutch Gas Stove which is displayed in this exhibit.There is also a black Chanel handbag from Geraldine Roberts-Lebowitz of Boca Raton featured in the exhibit component about Chanelís famous 2.55 (February 1955) bag that was inspired by military bags used by soldiers during during WWII.
Also featured in the exhibit representing the 1950s is a Hattie Carnegie Fruit & Flower Pixie Hat that was donated to the Museum from Janet Friedman of Boca Raton, Florida
The 1960s era fashions were influenced by the counterculture movement of that decade. A mid-1960s orange A-line evening dress by Chester Weinberg is featured. Dress is silk with metallic thread and plastic rhinestones. Chester Weinbergís fashion collection premiered in 1966 and catapulted his design career. His signature style was the use of massive prints in daring bright colors.The Chester Weinberg dress was a gift to the Museum from Ruth McGoldrick of Boca Raton, Florida
The exhibit also includes a display of hats representing various cultures and religions from Tibet to Catholicism that were donated to the Museum by Gene Hacker of Delray Beach, Florida.
Countess de Hoernle of Boca Raton, Florida donated a number of fashion accessories to the Museum in 2002 and her 1950s green silk Chinese purse is displayed in the exhibit also.
And, Military and ROTC hats of Dave Randolph, former Vice Mayor of Delray Beach, are shown.As well as on loan from his wife, Mary Randolph, is her 1960s Nurseís Cap from the School of Nursing at FAMU.
To date, the Fashion Treasures exhibit is sponsored by the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund, the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund, Boynton Beach Mall-Simon Malls, US 1 A/C Self Storage of Boynton Beach.The Mannequins were donated by Saks Fifth Avenue of Palm Beach, Florida.
Other exhibitions on display: Also on exhibit at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is Barbie: History, Fashions & More which features hundreds of dolls, clothes and accessories representing various careers and cultures.The exhibition is organized in a decade by decade sequence chronicling the evolution of the Barbie doll and its impact on popular culture and the toy industry.Other upcoming exhibitions at the Museum include LILLY which is exhibition profiling the Lilly Pulitzer fashions opening on August 3, 2010 thru May 31, 2011; and coming soon is the SCAASI exhibit featuring couture gowns by Palm Beach resident Arnold Scaasi that have been donated to the Museum
Group tours and curriculum-based school field trips are available.