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EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face coverings when in Charleston County indoor public spaces. Accordingly, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

May 8, 2021 - September 19, 2021 | Historic Textiles Gallery



Come explore celebratory fashions from c.1800 to the present, and the joy of getting dressed up to be outside.
In an “unprecedented” era when large gatherings have been discouraged and fashion has trended towards leisurewear, this exhibition is a celebration of getting dressed up for an outdoor party.
Bringing a hint of glamour to a trying time, the garments on display were selected with a mind towards the grand idea of “after.” What will you be wearing this summer, as the pandemic hopefully abates and we can spend more time with friends and family?
Each section of the exhibition is separated by fiber and includes scientific explanations for their behavior when exposed to heat and humidity. Learn more about silk as a natural thermal insulator, the rise of synthetic materials in the United States, and the benefits of cotton as a hydrophilic fiber.
Selections in the exhibit include a striped silk evening dress from 1870, printed rayon day dresses from the 1930s, and a seersucker suit from 2001. The garments are mixed across time and occasion in small vignettes, creating conversations through decades. Come walk through and join the party!

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