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Vassar College Costume Collection

Welcome to our collection of authentic historic clothing from the nineteenth century to today. Our digitization project is a work in progress, so please bear with us, and please share your feedback. You can read more on our About page. Thanks for visiting!

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Textile Stabilization Workshop with Colleen Callahan, part of the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop. ...more

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Textile Stabilization Workshop with Colleen Callahan, part of the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop. ...more

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Textile Stabilization Workshop with Colleen Callahan, part of the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop. ...more

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Textile Stabilization Workshop with Colleen Callahan, part of the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop. ...more

Photographs of wedding dresses of Leontine McPhillips, Mary Lee Hartzell, and Anna Langdell

Photographs of wedding dresses of Leontine McPhillips, Mary Lee Hartzell, and Anna Langdell, for wedding wear exhibition For Better and For Worse ...more

Postcard for For Better and For Worse

A postcard created for publicity of the exhibition "For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar." The postcard features an image of MaryLee Hartzell (Vassar Class of… ...more

Recent Items

Black Satin Beaded Pleated Bodice with Pink Accents

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Black satin bodice with beading, pleats boning, full-length, leg-o-mutton sleeves, high collar and pink accents on reverse of satin, shoulder ruffles. ...more

Mark Cross Cream Leather Ladies Gloves

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Cream leather ladies' gloves made by Mark Cross London.

The gloves are machine sewn and the cream leather is soft and unbroken. A gold metal clasp at the wrist secures each glove, with… ...more

Child's Lace Blouse

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A lacey, sleeve detachable blouse with a mid/high collar and button closures in the center back. THe blouse comes below the waist. Its thin material is most likely chiffon or cotton, which… ...more

Cream Lace Tea Dress with Lavender Accents

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Cream lace dress with short puffed sleeves and lavender trim. High neck, S-curve boned bodice with vertical lavender velvet trim and pleated satin waistband. Natural waist skirt with… ...more

Beaded Black Bodice with Yellow Collar

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A black, velvet, beaded bodice with leg o' mutton sleeves and a yellow lined collar.
Black floral beading and embroidery on the chest and lower sleeves, four groups of piping in rows of… ...more