Historic Garment and Costume Exhibitions in the Seacoast, 2012
Courtesy, Astrida Schaeffer, SchaefferArts.com
Thread: Stories of Fashion at Strawbery Banke, 1740-2012Strawbery Banke Museum
May 1- October 31, 2012
Rarely seen items from the museum’s costume collection are displayed alongside the creations of 15 contemporary designers in six of the museum’s historic houses, from the 1740 embroidered London Lady’s Shoe to the fanciful 2012 Emma Hope shoe it inspired.
War of 1812: What it Meant to Portsmouth
John Paul Jones House Museum
May 1- October 31, 2012
A story of privateers, privation, protection and a search for peace told through the stories of Portsmouth families. Includes some costumes from the period but is not specifically a costume exhibit.
People, Places, and Pantaloons
Counting House Museum
May 24- October 31, 2012
Four women from South Berwick Maine and Rollinsford NH between 1850 and 1890 are the focus of this exhibition including their dresses, underwear, accessories, life stories, and the homes they lived in.
Height of Propriety: Fashions Through Time of the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum
June 15 - September 8, 2012
From the time of its founding in 1817, the proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum were among the most successful people in Portsmouth. We rarely consider their contribution to fashion; this exhibit will show clothing belonging to past proprietors and their spouses, most from the collections of the Portsmouth Historical Society, and portraits from the Athenaeum and local museums. Samples include: the morning coat worn by Edmund Roberts in Macao while negotiating the first trade treaty with that nation, the wedding dress worn by Mary Morison when she married proprietor James Rundlett May, and an Irish lace dress made for Virginia Tanner for her presentation at the Royal Court in England.
Afternoon at the Museum: 1912
July 8-October 3, 2012
Dresses and hats from the era of the house museum's opening, on loan from the University Museum of UNH and the Portsmouth Historical Society.
Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail
University Museum, University of NH
September 14-December 14, 2012
Twenty five historic garments plus accessories are on view from the Irma Bowen Collection. The exhibition and its accompanying book explore the aesthetics behind 19th c. clothing design and provide a detailed examination of how their decorative elements were constructed. The results of this project will inspire the contemporary needle worker, designer, garment historian and those who just love fashion.
603-862-1081, www.izaak.unh.edu/museum, www.TheBranchCreative.com