While we usually think of military uniforms, a uniform is really just a distinctive outfit that identifies a group and helps bind them together. This exhibit will focus on all types of uniforms, including diplomatic, school, volunteer, sports and military groups. Highlights will include an early 19th century jockey suit worn on Col. William Alston’s plantation, an early Charleston Fire Department uniform coat, a Red Cross uniform worn by Anna Heyward Taylor during World War I and a beaded belt worn during a local Turnverein athletic competition.
Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY!