The Charleston Museum
On a recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I made a stop at the Charleston Museum to view two fashion and dress exhibitions currently on display. Charleston Couture, on display until February 10, 2013, features Charleston’s finest garments and accessories from the 1770s through the 1970s. The exhibition is installed on the second floor along one wall which features a continuous glass case holding upwards of 30 garments and accessories. Charleston Couture features garments by Charles Frederick Worth, the Father of Haute Couture, and Mariano Fortuny who is known for his intricate pleating technique. The exhibition also displays garments by lesser-known designers and dress-makers from the Charleston area. Fashion plates and magazines are also on exhibition to give visitors a greater understanding of high-end fashions of this time frame.
Also on display at the Charleston Museum, Autumn is a smaller exhibition which continues the year-long rotation of seasonal fashions in Charleston. On display until November 25, 2012, Autumn features a wide range of garments, accessories, and ephemera dating from the 1850s through the 1960s. These items represent the seasonal shift of fashion from the bright and cheerful colors of summer to a more autumnal palette of colors as well as the change in fabric and cut necessary for the cooler weather. Earlier in the year, the Charleston Museum featured Spring and Summer fashions and will feature Winter fashions following the closing of the Autumn display.
The Historic Textiles Gallery at the Charleston Museum features a regularly rotating schedule of fashion and dress exhibitions. As a part of Charleston’s Museum Mile, the Charleston Museum offers the opportunity for visitors and citizens of the city to gain a deeper understanding of the long-standing history of the city. Through fashion and dress, visitors are able to visualize what life might have been like in the late 1700s, mid-1800s, or the 1950s. If you plan to visit Charleston in the future, make sure to stop by the Charleston Museum to view all the museum has to offer.
For more information visit www.charlestonmuseum.org.