Friday, June 30 will be the opening of Putman History Museum’s exhibit Summer Afternoon: Fashion and Leisure in the Hudson Highlands, 1850–1950 in Cold Spring, NY—one hour and ten minutes north of Manhattan. This exhibit presents summer fashions and undergarments from the museum’s world class collection, donated over the years by local families. Photographs and documents from the museum’s collection will bring to life the Highlands’ history as a social, summer gathering place for local families as well as city dwellers escaping the heat. Dr. Trudie Grace, PHM curator and historian explores these themes in the show’s catalog.
Dr. Lourdes Font, adjunct curator and professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has been preparing for this exhibit for many months, with the help of her students. The garments have been painstakingly conserved by hand in the laboratory at FIT and special handmade mannequins (sculptures in their own right) were created to accommodate the fragile, often petite confections.
Since Hanky Panky is a major donor of this project, I’ve been observing the process of staging this exhibit and it has been fascinating!
This year is the 35th anniversary of Hanky Panky. Our involvement with Summer Afternoon is an ideal opportunity to celebrate and return to our namesake beginnings of hand-embroidered handkerchief lingerie—with a special collection inspired by the lovely lace and embroidered pieces in the show. I feel as though we have come full circle.
For a lovely weekend getaway or just a day trip accessible by Metro-North, visit Cold Spring, NY . Enjoy this historic town on the Hudson and don’t miss the exhibit.
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