I gazed upon the shiny polyester dress with red dragons flying over the black and white patterned fabric, and wondered if I would have worn something so bold in the 1960s.
Or would I have been more conservative and stuck to my traditional 1950’s party dresses?
I mention this because anyone with a penchant for nostalgic clothes and the historical relevance of fashion trends will love this year’s Schoolhouse Museum exhibit, Hemlines.
The wardrobes are separated by decade, and artfully connected through the last century by emphasizing the First Ladies of the United States who spent their time scrutinized by the public for their appearance during their husbands’ presidencies.
This allows the onlooker to not only enjoy the clothing for the changing aesthetics though the years and for their own beauty, but the exhibit also becomes intriguing when one of the museum guides delves into the background of the item and what historical factors made it “THE” thing to wear in its day.
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