For their latest exhibition Dar wanted to “consider how Americans fashioned a new identity through costume” after the revolution. Clothing from 1780-1825 was displayed in various rooms throughout the museum.
My first disappointment was the difficulty determining where in the museum the clothes were displayed. One main hall would have been easier than the many dead ends (and private offices?) I stumbled into. My second let down was the pittance of earlier clothing. It’s partially my fault- I heard “revolution” and assumed I’d be seeing clothing from the late 18th century, not mainly the early 1800s.
Regardless- let’s take a look at the clothing shall we?
|These were all the 18th century gowns I could find|
|Reader correction! This fichu is not Burnley & Trowbridge but rather an original mull muslin embroidered shawl used as a kerchief|
|My two favorite dresses from the era- also those jewels are Dames A La Mode|
My Washington DC trip did have some lovely surprises. Who knew the Air and Space museum featured stomacher jewelry depicting the early days of balloon travel?