On June 21st Stacy Anderson, a teacher at Roseville Area High School, brought her Summer Academy students to the Goldstein Museum of Design for a field trip. Her class had been focusing on fashion history and its relationship to social mores and concurrent world events. I gave them an overview of late 19th and 20th century costume through collection objects, including a peak at the history of undergarments and how they contributed to the fashionable silhouette. After spending 2 hours with these attentive and engaged students, it was clear that they had a strong understanding of ways in which fashion and culture combined and influenced one another.
In this photo above, I am showing students a bodice from the late 19th century. Students were surprised at the number of undergarments that would go beneath an ensemble like this: items worn beneath a 2-piece dress like this (skirt not shown in photograph) included a chemise, stockings, drawers, corset, corset cover, and petticoats.
Students look on as more garments are brought around for up close viewing.
Above, I am showing students a dress from around 1915, and they have questions about how one puts it on, where the dress would have been worn, the materials it is made out of, and who designed it. Many thanks to Ms. Anderson and her class for the enjoyable visit!
Jean McElvain, GMD Assistant Curator