Elegant & Everyday: CLOTHING from the COLLECTION

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Event Date: 
Saturday, April 12, 2014 -
8:30am to 4:15pm

Elegant & Everyday: CLOTHING from the COLLECTION

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 8:30 AM TO 4:15 PM

CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA

REGISTRATION FORM ~ Registration deadline for both Friday and Saturday events is March 29, 2014. Call 610-692-4800 or visit chestercohistorical.org for inquiries.

CCHS presents a symposium of lectures by nationally recognized scholars whose research on CCHS’s clothing collection has expanded our understanding of American clothing history.

Guided tours behind-the-scenes and of the exhibition. Tours will feature additional selections of 19th-century clothing and clothing accessories from the CCHS museum collection.

SUPPORT GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY: THE COBY FOUNDATION, LTD. AND FASHION ARCHIVES AND MUSEUM OF SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY

SCHEDULE

8:30am Registration

9:00 Welcome

9:10 Linda Baumgarten, “Quaker Quilting in 18th Century Philadelphia”

10:00 Claudia Kidwell, “A Modern History of Short Gowns”

10:45 Questions for Speakers

11:00 Break

11:15 Nancy Rexford, “Saving the Best is Not Enough: What Everyday Clothing Can Tell Us”

12:00 Questions for Speaker

12:15 Buffet lunch or lunch on your own in West Chester

1:30 – 3:15 Three Afternoon Tours (45 min. each):

• Behind-the-Scene Textile Storage, Mary Doering and Colleen Callahan

Profiles Exhibition, Heather Hansen,CCHS Collections Manager

• Behind-the-Scene Curatorial Workroom, Ellen Endslow, CCHS Director of Collections/Curator

3:15 Break

3:30 Wrap-Up Discussion led by Colleen Callahan “Collections as Agents of Preserving the Past and Informing the Present”

OPTIONAL TOUR

Friday, April 11, 2014 Costumes of Downton Abbey

Winterthur Museum and Gardens

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Includes guided tour of the house featuring the Spring tour with flower arrangements in many rooms, curatorial overview of the exhibition Costumes of Downton Abbey, Gallery Walk of the exhibition, time on your own in the museum, and tram ride through the garden at your convenience. Note: Transportation to and from Winterthur is on your own.

WE ARE PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE FOLLOWING NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SCHOLARS:

LINDA BAUMGARTEN – Curator of Textiles and Costume, Colonial Williamsburg. Since 1978 Baumgarten has researched and interpreted American costume and textiles through exhibitions, publications, and lectures. She is the co-author with Kim Ivey of the forthcoming catalog of Colonial Williamsburg bed quilts, which will appear in print in 2014. Baumgarten’s most recent connection to CCHS is through research of quilted petticoats.

CLAUDIA BUSH KIDWELL – Curator Emerita, Costume Collection, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For more than 40 years Kidwell has studied, taught and interpreted clothing from the extraordinary to the everyday to both American and international audiences. She is stepping out of retirement to share some of the work that influenced her illustrious career. Kidwell was the first to publish the CCHS short gown collection to a national audience. 

NANCY REXFORD – Consulting Curator. For almost 30 years Rexford has worked with museums and historical organizations throughout the Northeast to develop information about their costume collections. She is currently involved with “Historic Dress: A Five College Digital Humanities Project.” Rexford was instrumental in helping to catalog the CCHS costume collection in the 1990s. 

MARY DOERING – Faculty of the Smithsonian-George Mason M.A. Program in the History of Decorative Arts (Washington, D.C.). Doering currently teaches Costume and Textile History as both survey and specialist courses in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. She has curated and lent her personal collections to costume exhibitions throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. Doering has made annual field trips with students to study clothing at CCHS for the past 5 years. 

COLLEEN CALLAHAN – The Costume & Textile Specialists (co-owner) and Curator Emerita of the Valentine Richmond History Center (Virginia). Callahan’s more than 25 years of experience includes dozens of costume exhibitions, contributions to scholarly publications and lectures across the country. She is currently working on projects with the Maryland Historical Society and the Mariner’s Museum (Newport News, VA). Callahan, along with her business partner, Newbie Richardson, conducted an NEH-funded conservation survey of the CCHS clothing and clothing accessory collection in 2008.