Happy summer solstice! Today’s post will highlight different collections available online that show off some historical summer fashions.
Here are some summery fashion plates from the Fashion Plates Digital Collection. This collection contains plates of general fashion dating back to the 18th century. This digital collection stems from the Mary Barton Fashion Illustration Collection located in Special Collections and University Archives. Mary Barton (1917-2003), an alumna (Class of 1942) from Ames, was a quilt historian who had gained a national reputation for being able to judge a quilt’s age and origin by careful examination.
The videos are from the Special Collections and University Archives YouTube channel. They don’t solely deal with summer fashions but do include dresses I think are pretty summery. These videos were part of the series “Couture Close-Ups with Charles Kleibacker” produced by the Iowa State University Extension Service. In the series, New York fashion designer Charles Kleibacker demonstrates how he designs women’s clothing using various fabrics and construction techniques.
Check out other fun online collections from the University Library Digital Collections and the Special Collections and University Archives YouTube channel.
Or drop by the reading room to look at our collections in person. We’re open Monday-Friday from 10-4.
If you are interested in researching clothing and textiles, you should check out the ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum.