Costumes and Textiles

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Costumes and Textiles


Costumes and textiles are the basis of the Vassar College Costume Collection and are the main focus of this digital collection. Item records in the Costumes and Textiles collection are about the clothing artifacts themselves, with digital images files directly included in their records. Other supporting resources such as documents or photographs scanned from original prints are related as supplemental resources.

Collection Items

1879 Graduation Ensemble
Ivory ensemble of silk satin and lace with taffeta trim: basque bodice of ivory satin; fitted; with 3/4 length sleeves; lace ruffle trim at collar and down CF and cuffs. Skirt of ivory satin; panel of lace at front, fullness at back to accommodate…

Daisy Chain Dress
Dress of sheer ivory cotton batiste: boatneck; cap sleeves; dropped waist with skirt gathered and hand sewn to waistline at sides; mid calf length; metal hook and eye closures; inserted lace panels from neckline to hemline at center front and center…

1924 Class Day Dress
Dress of sheer yellow and ivory cotton batiste with embroidered trim; cord tie neckline with tassels at ends; cap sleeves; band of fabric defining dropped waist; skirt gathered onto dropped waist; ivory embroidered trim on skirt (single strand…

Pink and Gray Bustle Ensemble
Pale salmon and gray silk taffeta bustle ensemble, trimmed with pale salmon taffeta ruffles and white and gray tassel trim, swags, bustle, and train; fitted bodice with 3/4 sleeves, square neckline and triple button closure up front; skirt with…

Blue Bustle Dress
Blue plaid bustle ensemble, 2 piece, of blue and plaid Burgess trimmed with white lace and black velvet ribbon. Interior/lining may be original (1870-1890) but exterior may have been recreated in the 20th century as a theatrical costume. Bodice:…

Evening Dress with One Shoe
Evening ensemble of ivory silk satin with gold and pink floral metallic brocade. Bodice: fitted princess-seam bodice with modified puff sleeves with gathers at the underarm and longer at the bottom of the sleeve than the top, and square neckline.…

Pingat Bustle Ensemble
Two piece bustle ensemble (dinner dress) of burgundy velvet and satin with repeated motif of red, gold, blue, and burgundy glass beads; bodice (a): basque bodice of burgundy velvet with center front button closure, square neckline trimmed with ivory…

Brown Taffeta Skirt
brown taffeta skirt with black braid

Brown Faille Bodice
brown faille bodice with falling collar and cuffs

Blue and white Stripe Day Ensemble
Blue and white Stripe taffeta Bustle Ensemble, 2 piece, bodice: fitted full length sleeves, skirt: full length with bustle; blue and white striped fine silk; blue silk; natural polished cotton; natural square weave linen; plastic button; beige…

Brown Wool and Velvet Bustle Ensemble
Ensemble (day dress) of brown merino wool and velvet, with basque bodice and bustled skirt; bodice has standing velvet collar and velvet lapels, center front button closure with brown crochet covered buttons, 2 piece set in sleeve with velvet cuff,…

Brown Polished Cotton Underskirt
brown polished cotton underskirt

Black Crepe Beaded Dress
black crepe beaded dress with A-line skirt

Black Satin Beaded Dress
black satin beaded dress with pont d'esprit

Brown and Ivory Print Silk Dress
Brown and cream abstract-printed jacquard silk bodice and skirt ensemble, with faux-jacketed bodice and lace front; Bodice: brown and ivory printed jacquard silk; new boning; brown silk lining; deep red wide ribbon at collar and waist; embroidered…
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