From the pages of classic literature comes the Charleston Museum’s latest textile exhibit, Fashion in Fiction, on exhibit October 19, 2013 to April 6, 2014. This exhibit explores the fundamental role clothing and style play in some of our most beloved works of fiction. From Jane Austen’s sprigged muslin dresses to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s swinging flappers and dapper gents, fashion often becomes integral to a story and even helps to fix it to a particular time in history. Using clothing and accessories from our historic textiles collection as well as books and illustrations from the Archives, the Charleston Museum offers a light-hearted look at popular 19th and early 20th century fashions and shows off styles brought to life by some of literature’s most memorable characters.
The Charleston Museum presents an original exhibition, Quintessential Quilts, from August 17, 2013 to March 30, 2014. This exhibit in the Historic Textiles Gallery presents the Museum’s finest examples of quilting from
the late 18th century through the 20th century. Included will be representative work from the major quilting categories - whitework, chintz appliqué, pieced, traditional appliqué, paper-template pieced (mosaic),
crazy and modern.
Capturing an autumnal color palette for the fall, the Charleston Museum presents Positively Paisley from September 11 to January 5, 2014. This special exhibit, in the foyer case of our Historic Textiles Gallery, will feature woven and embroidered shawls from the early to late 19th century that feature the boteh, later known as the paisley design, as well as garments and fashion accessories ranging from the Victorian tastes of the 19th century to the groovy styles of the 1960s and 70s.
The hat has been an essential fashion accessory for centuries. With this fashion staple in mind, the Charleston Museum continues its five-part accessories exhibition with Fashion Accessories: Hats, on exhibit June 19, 2013 - January 19, 2014. Installed in the study drawer section of the Museum's historic textiles gallery, headwear to be included ranges from the accordion-folded calash of the 18th century and the stiff little pillbox of the 1960s to men's ever-popular top hat and Derby.
Photo Courtesy of Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia.
Continuing its commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Charleston Museum presents “Our Duty was Quite Arduous”: The Union Encampment on Little Folly Island, 1863- 1865. On exhibit from June 6, 2013 to March 10, 2014, this original exhibition presents Civil War artifacts recovered by Charleston Museum archaeologists from the beach of “Little Folly Island.” Accelerated erosion caused by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989 uncovered a wealth of materials from the Federal presence there during the Civil War. Most were remarkably preserved and now provide a rare glimpse into the daily lives of Union soldiers garrisoned on Folly Island.
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