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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

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

Cream Satin and Black Velvet Dress

Cream Satin top and Black Velvet Skirt, Empire waist w/ puff sleeves. Pleats on top Center Front and Center Back, with rouching on arms eye ...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

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

Black two piece dress with lace

Black silk bodice and skirt with wool trim and lace with embroidery on bodice. The lace is tan with pink and green embroidery, and sections of it are underlaid with light green silk. The… ...more

Recent Items

Black two piece dress with lace

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Black silk bodice and skirt with wool trim and lace with embroidery on bodice. The lace is tan with pink and green embroidery, and sections of it are underlaid with light green silk. The… ...more

Cream Satin and Black Velvet Dress

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Cream Satin top and Black Velvet Skirt, Empire waist w/ puff sleeves. Pleats on top Center Front and Center Back, with rouching on arms eye ...more

Beige Vented Bucket Hat

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This is a beige vented straw bucket hat. It was made in 2016 by Eric Javits. It is made of woven tan straw that has been machine sewn together. The crown is flat. The brim is wide and… ...more

Black Go Go Rain Bucket Hat

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This is a black and clear bucket hat. It was part of the Go Go Rain Bucket Hat collection by Eric Javits. It has a flat crown made of black polyester and polyurethane. It has a wide brim… ...more

Red Straw Rumba Fedora

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This is a red straw fedora. It was part of Eric Javits' Rumba collection. It is made of red straw and red plastic netting. There are alternate bands of woven straw and plastic netting. … ...more