Welcome back to Cardinal Tales for another #FashionFriday. This week’s post features a long-time favorite: the Mary A. Barton Fashion Illustration Collection. I was scrolling through the digitized fashion plates via ISU Digital Collections, and the colors of these dresses really caught my eye. Enjoy!
Above are two illustrations of dropwaisted day dresses from May of 1921. Below is an illustration of some vibrant day dresses from August of 1919.
Images from ISU Digital Collections. Materials from RS 21/7/9 Mary A. Barton Fashion Illustration Collection.
Make sure to check out our other posts about this about this collection for more beautiful illustrations.
Let’s revisit the Mary A. Barton Fashion Illustration Collection for this #FashionFriday! We have posted about this collection a few times before so feel free to check out those posts after this one. This collection is always a joy to explore, and this illustration of Kensington Garden Dresses from 1807 was no exception.
Mary A. Barton, an Iowa State Alumni, has been regarded as one of the best quilt makers of all time. Special Collections now stores her collection of fashion illustrations from years 1776 – 2008. I was very excited to explore this collection, and share some highlights with you all. However, due to the massive amount of these gorgeous fashion illustrations, I’ve decided to focus this blog post only on the ones from 1800-1810. Of course, there are still so many lovely illustrations from this ten-year period that this post will be featuring just a few of my favorites.
The annual Fashion Show event, currently put on by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM), has provided students a chance to show off their designs to an eager audience for 37 years. Over the years, this student-run event has highlighted countless beautiful outfits designed by Iowa State students. Here are some of our favorite outfits from shows of the 1980s!
1982 Fashion Show
Models posing for crowd of onlookers.
Model in black skirt posing for the crowd.
1983 Fashion Show
Model posing on stage.
Models getting ready for the stage.
Male student in cheetah print vest and leather pants.
1985 Fashion Show
Student in black and gold dress with black straw hat.
Student in black and white dress holding her hat in the wind.
Three toddlers led down the steps by three female students.
1987 Fashion Show
Model walking down the aisle with an intense look in her eyes.
Child in dress with heart on the collar.
Model in flower print dress.
1988 Fashion Show
Model smiling to the camera.
Student modelling a “Twister” dress.
Student modelling button up shirt, skirt, and tights.
Model in tight checker patterned dress.
Model in black and white dress, holding black and white balloons.
All of these images (and much more information on fashion shows of the past) can be found in Special Collections RS 29/2/4 Fashion Show Records (1982-2017). There are several boxes in this collection but everything featured in this post can be found in box 1.
What a wild ride! 80s fashion is always worth looking back on. Which outfit was your favorite?