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Costumes in the Smith College Historic Costume Collection

This collection includes artifacts of clothing and accessories from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection. This archive of clothing and accessories of women in the United States from 1800 to the present represents a range of social classes. It is a resource for students and scholars of costume design, the history of dress and material culture, art and literary history, and curatorial practices. Founded in 1979, the Collection includes over 1000 objects; most of these are donations from Smith College Alumnae.

This items from this collection that we are currently sharing here include:


Wrappers (women's dresses worn indoors and in private)