Fashion often tells a story. From one shirt, for example, you can figure out when it was made, why they used the type of cloth they did, why it was sewed differently. Sometimes, you know who wore it; other times, you guess. Dress history can describe the culture of the time period, social and political messages, economy and trade, without ever saying a word.
The University of Alberta’s Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection presents the Dress & Escapism Exhibit. Part I, which runs until June 30th, is a virtual look at historical artifacts and reproductions of outfits from different time periods, from 18th century outfits like the Blair Suit to extravagant wedding gown reproductions.
The exhibit looks at how dresses from different time periods will look on different silhouettes (like the Robe à la Français that was produced to fit a larger, taller body). The museum mannequins are showcased in different colours, materials and sizes to reflect the diversity that exists in the real world.
And available in partnership with MacEwan University, until March 27th, Part II is fun and flashy, with a look back at drag and burlesque costumes as a form of self-expression. Take a virtual tour around the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery and marvel at the exquisite design and details.