EXHIBITS & HISTORY
Silk & Stitch, An Exploration of Embellishment in Fashion
Previously on display from July 2019 – September 2020, Silk & Stitch explores the role of the embellishment as a research tool to encourage greater thought about the expanding roles of women and the circumstances that influenced fashion from 1870 – 1960.
Our time-traveling exploration highlights embellishments on garments and accessories from the DeKalb History Center’s textile collection as well as pieces on loan from generous outside sources.
For more information on the garments and accessories, please view the Silk & Stitch Booklet.
The mannequins in this exhibit were funded in part through a special “adoption” campaign. These donors, identified on their descriptions, have also provided the mannequins with names.
Pink Dress, circa 1912-1914
Embellished with lace, bias-cut china silk chevrons, pink soutache braid, silk velvet knot, silk velvet overlaid with metallic lace, narrow pink velvet ribbon, cream velvet ribbon edged in soutache applied with a black chevron embroidery stitch, teardrop-shaped medallions, embroidered trim
Mannequin name: Ada
Adopted by Elizabeth Simpson