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Fashion and Fashion Plates (exhibition)

Action view of stabilization sewing on Royal Blue Silk Dress with Tails
An exhibition of selected garments (dating from 1836-1956) donated to the Vassar College Costume Collection. The exhibition took place in the Faculty Commons in the College Center at Vassar, from June 12-15, 2014.

ID#: Fashion and Fashion Plates (exhibition)


Black Satin Beaded Pleated Bodice with Pink Accents

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

ID#: VC2017006


Beige and Cream Embroidery Ensemble

Beige bodice and skirt that attach at the waist with cream flower embroidery and a pink and green sash and a separate lace collar. Cotton was used, bodice (a), has three quarter length sleeves, pleating on the sleeves and in the center front

ID#: VC2015012

Location: N12

Black Bonnet

Black bonnet of fishnet, wire, beads, sequins, and ribbon; structure composed of three wires intersecting at center and two thread-covered wire circumferences; small beads sewn in fish scale pattern on fishnet; larger beads on top; sequins clustered at center front; two black ribbons tied in center back with 25'' tails.; Black bonnet of fishnet,…


ID#: VC2014002

Location: A8

Off-White Lace Bodice

Off-white silk gauze and lace blouse with metal snaps, hook-eye closure, and silk-covered buttons; button-up front to V-neck collar with beige trim; six snap closures at center front along with five decorative silk-colored buttons; fitted sleeves with possible cuff alteration; gathering at waist with hook-eye closure at center front; fagoting…

ID#: VC2012066

Location: S4

Striped Silk Taffeta Skirt With Ruffle And Pocket (DEACCESSIONED)

Silk taffeta. Pocket on skirt. Ruffled hem. Striped, black.

ID#: VC2012052

Location: Deaccession box?

Silk and Lace Camisole

Silk camisole with short sleeves. Sleeves and collar are trimmed with lace. Additional lace insets on the sleeves, bust, and back. Silk ribbon running along the top of the camisole.


ID#: VC2012049

Location: D12

Camisole With Sage Green Silk Ribbon

Camisole was once white. Buttons down the front. Tank sleeves. Collar and armholes are trimmed with lace. Sage green silk ribbon inserted about the front and back collars of the camisole, so as to tie in the front.


ID#: VC2012048

Location: D12

Party Blouse

Party blouse. Cinches in at waist. Buttons up the back. Trimmed with lace at the sleeves. Lace at bust, shoulders, and back.


ID#: VC2012047

Location: D12

Purple Striped Dress

purple dress for exhibition.jpg
Two-piece dress: skirt and bodice. The skirt is white with purple stripes. Crinoline attached to bottom of dress so it flairs out. Skirt hem trimmed with a purple silk ribbon. Purple silk ribbon also on skirt just before the crinoline. The bodice is made of the same striped fabric. Purple silk detailing down front of bodice, sleeves and high lace…

ID#: VC2012050

Location: N10

Ladies' Open Undergarment

Open drawers. Hems are trimmed with lace. Ladies' undergarment. Buttoned at waist.

ID#: VC2012046

Location: E1

Photograph of Mabury
Photograph of Mabury
Courtesy of Archives & Special Collections Library, Vassar College (Student Photograph Album #47, from Margaret (Bagley) Hosmer, VC 1883-4)

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ID#: DSC00280.JPG


Black Velvet Bodice
Fitted Black silk velvet bodice with tabbed and altered collar; green/brown cotton underlining , full-length 2-piece sleeve with gathers at shoulders, cream lace at cuffs (possible later addition), boning in cotton casing inside light blue silk lining with seams that have been clipped and bound, black silk inner waist tape with hook and eye…

ID#: VC2010003

Location: Deaccession Box

Black Embossed Velvet Bodice with Beading
; Black embossed velvet Bodice with collar and beaded sleeves Rounded sleeve cuffs with large beaded detail divided by ropey trim. Beaded detail echoes velvet embossing. High neckline (high collar, folded over). Thirteen beaded buttons down center front, possibly with wood base. Darts at waist. Tail in back, may have been taken in. Velvet embossing…

ID#: VC2010002

Location: O1

Cream Wedding Dress of Silk Moire and Wool

Two piece wedding dress of cream wool blend and silk moire with metal supports and closures. Bodice (a) of cream wool blend; boned; high-hip length; pointed waistline; two waist darts on each side in front; princess seams in back; lacing at center front; lining has hook and eye closures; juliet sleeves with puff at top and then straight; square…

ID#: VC2004032

Location: N8

Black Cape with Cut Velvet Flowers
black cape (short) with raised velvet flower pattern and trim

ID#: VC2001243

Location: Q11

Small Bustle of Striped Covered Coils
small bustle cage; cream cotton bias tape, wide plain weave cotton-possibly stiffened or treated, plain weave striped tan cotton with diagonal stripes, oatmeal cotton lace, wire coils, metal fasteners narrow bustle with 3 wire coils, 3 padded loafs; lace on edges and bottom of padded sections; fabric encasing each coil and stitched together in…

ID#: VC2001213

Location: A1

Full Length Bustle Cage (5)
Full length bustle cage of cotton tapes and wire.

ID#: VC2001212

Location: J

Full Length Bustle Cage (4)
Cotton tape and metal bustle cage; 27 metal rings attached to cotton with studs every inch; seven vertical bands of cotton tape; buckle center front waist; very wide weave of cotton tape center bottom; cotton tape has pattern of stripes and diamonds.

ID#: VC2001211

Location: E1

Full Length Bustle Cage (3)
full length bustle cage-3; Lower hoops suspended from belt and bustle by 1.5 inch vertical tape, lower hoops also connected to upper bustle with twill tape in criss-cross formation with rivets; width of both upper and lower hoops can be adjusted via lacing

ID#: VC2001205

Location: E1

Full Length Bustle Cage (2)
full length bustle cage-2

ID#: VC2001204

Location: E1

Bustle Cage
bustle cage

ID#: VC2001197

Location: E1

Full Length Bustle Cage
full length bustle cage-1

ID#: VC2001196

Location: E1

Linen Petticoat with Boned Bustle
tan linen petticoat w/boned bustle; Natural linen petticoat w/boned bustle, drawstring top, 3.5 inch ruffle along bottom

ID#: VC2001195

Location: E1

White Bodice with Pearls
Cream structured bodice with cream lace edging and glass pearls on cuffs. Collar unfinished. Button-down front; small piece of lace in baggie with bodice; cream silk, pearlescent beads, cream lace white bodice w/pearls at cuffs and collar - cream silk bodice, fitted, lace at center front; buttons down cf; 3/4 sleeves, small puff at shoulder,…

ID#: VC2001168

Location: N1

Blue Floral Bodice with Bustle
blue floral china silk bodice w/dk. blue velvet cuff, bustle cover. blue silk brocade with white and black flower; deep cobalt velvet; blue polished cotton lining; cotton tape fitted bustle polonaise blue velvet manderin-style collar, CF panels, hip band from edge of cener front panels to bustle, cuffs; fitted sleeves; front shaped with two…

ID#: VC2001165

Location: D10

White Bodice with Leg-o-Mutton Sleeves
Cream colored bodice with ribbon and lace decoration on the cuffs, down the front and next to the buttons that close the bodice, and on the front and back. The inside is padded and boned. ; white bodice

ID#: VC2001157

Location: L1

Burgundy Embroidered Mantle
Burgundy embroidered mantle with fringe hem. Silk velvet, silk. Burgundy silk velvet cape (a) is sleeveless, with button closures which are damaged and reinforced with hooks and eye closures down the front center, silk lining, fringe hem, and embroidery down the front center and the hem.

ID#: VC2001124

Location: P7