Mannequins dispersed through the
rooms of the Mansion show
1850-1960 reinterpretations of the tunic, the drop waist dress, the empire waist, the peplum, the bolero, the bustle,
the full skirted ball gown, and the
leg o' mutton sleeve accompanied by illustrations of earlier and later interpretations.
Volunteer Teresa Knutson coordinates the historic clothing exhibits. She holds a degree in Costume and Textile Design with graduate work in Costume and Textile History. Beginning in 2006, Teresa has inventoried all of the clothing and textiles in the collection, cataloguing over 230 historic garments.
Teresa’s credits include volunteer experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO. For 10 years, she was a seamstress and patternmaker for the Minnesota Opera Company.
The white eyelet dress with black Grosgrain ribbon trim was worn by a little girl born in 1909, while the yellow plaid dress was worn by a little girl for her first day of school in 1954.
c. 1915-1918 Machine embroidered cotton dress. Probably cotton ribbon on loan from
c. 1954 Plaid cotton dress, cotton collar on loan from Teresa Knutson
c. 1950's Synthetic Douppioni Tailored Junior (label)
c. 1890's Brushed wool flannel
The Exhibit includes an Elegant Day Ensemble that harkens back to the fifteenth century. This 1890's three piece dress features dagging, a decorative cut edge that appeared on the sleeves and bottom edges of tunics worn by courtiers in the late Middle Ages.
Inspired by jackets worn by matadors and the Zouave uniform jacket, the Bolero is a waist length or shorter jacket.
c. 1900-1908 Wool twill, silk taffeta and cotton lace, cotton lace edging, beads