Profiles: Chester County Clothing of the 1800s

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Event Date: 
November 23, 2013 - 9:30am to January 3, 2015 - 4:30pm
Closes / Opens Month: 
Closing January 3, 2015


Experience Our Virtual Exhibit

If you were ever curious about clothing from the 1800s, CCHS’s forthcoming exhibition is just for you.  It will include more than 40 fine and ordinary examples of outerwear worn by women, men and children that will show the evolution of clothing profiles in the 1800s.  It includes Empire style gowns of the early 1800s, children’s Turkey red print dresses dating from about the 1840s, elaborate men’s vests from numerous decades, and highly detailed fashionable dresses of the Victorian era.  Important to Chester County, and an installation highlight, is the contrast between Quaker plain dress and fashionable wear that clearly distinguished a person’s identity within the community.  Other important aspects of local dress include fabric choices that embody the advancement of chemical dyes and styles of clothing that played a significant role in women’s health.  These and other topics will shed light on the local and national trends.  

Generously funded by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Mannequins generously provided by the Fashion Museum and Archives of Shippensburg University.

Elegant & Everyday: CLOTHING from the COLLECTION

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



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

Many thanks to our 2013 Autumn Benefit Individual and Corporate Sponsors

As of November 18, 2013

 Invitation Sponsors

Sandra Baldino and Grete Greenacre

 Victorian Sponsors

Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran

Mrs. Judith M. Rosato and Dr. Donald J. Rosato

Bentley Systems

Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning

 Corset Sponsors

Franny and Franny Abbott

William B. Parker

A. Roy Smith

Mr. and Mrs. George Werner

Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.

DNB First

Frens and Frens LLC

Gawthrop Greenwood, PC



 Ruche Sponsors


Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. Jacobs II

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Nesbitt III  

June and Chuck Piola

Barbara and John Spellman

Glenn Stroud

Craig Lincoln Tucker

Alyssa and Charles White

Dr. Florence K. Williams

Arthur Hall Insurance

Public Financial Management, Inc.

Shumaker PDT

The Haverford Trust Company

West Chester Gastrointestinal Group

 Embroidered Sponsors

Mary and Stuart Brooks

Kiki and Patrick Comerford

Bob Edmiston, Hirtle Callaghan & Co.

Esther and Paul Gansky

Leonard A. King

Rebecca and Rob Lukens

Ida and Tom McIntyre

Nancy Thompson

Beth Trapani and Jim Scanlon

Alicia and L. Gordon Walker

Applied Bank

Bliss & Company

Daily Local News

Goldberg, Meanix, McCallin & Muth

Meridian Bank

National Penn Bank

Pennsylvania Trust

PomPom Print

Schaffer Sound DJ's | Lighting | Audio & Visual

The RC Taylor Group

The Roskamp Institute, real science and research into diseases of the mind


Auction In-Kind Sponsors

Marcy and Robert Fenza

Kim Z. Franklin

Grete and Martyn Greenacre

Dave Magrogan

Adrian Martinez

Iron Hill

Janet Sidewater, Feather In Your Cap

Jane Chalfant and Kiki Boutique

Jimmy Duffy's Catering

Marshalton Inn

Mid-Atlantic Transportation Services, Inc

Paradocx Vineyard

Penns Woods Winery

Sunset Hill Jewelers

The Willowdale Steeplechase


Wayne Bed & Breakfast Inn

Many thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers for helping to prepare the Profiles exhibition: