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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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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

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

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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

Recent Items

Black Bathing Suit with White Embroidery

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Sleeveless black bathing suit romper with an overskirt and pockets at the waist. White embroidery on the CF insert, on the pockets, and on the hem of the shorts. ...more

Taupe Lace Dress

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A taupe, opaque lingerie dress with grey lace on the sleeves, neckline, hem, CF of skirt. Floral embroidery on front and sides of skirt and bodice. ...more

Pink Nightgown with Lace

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A pink nylon nightgown that is loose-fitting and ankle length. There is a loose, low collar with white lace lining just beneath. The lace mirrors the collar's shape, scooping down and… ...more

Period Undergarments

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This undergarment is a cream jumper. It is cotton with an embroidered dot design on the hem and neckline. Bodice (a) high waist with open and striped waistband. Sleeves (b) straps. Closures… ...more

Blue Floral Fish and Butterfly Chinese Silk Panel Embroidery

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Two-paneled, mirrored tapestry on robin's-egg-blue silk brocade; embroidery depicts fish below a square pavilion on the bottom; various coral and teal flowers in the middle and upper… ...more