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Brassiere

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Brassiere

Long-line bra with whirlpool-style stitched cups, hook-and-eye adjustable back closure, and self fabric shoulder straps.  Made in 1950 by Hollywood Maxwell Company, which was acquired in 1958 by Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Patched blue jeans

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Patched blue jeans

Handsewn, patchworked blue jeans of multiple fabric types including velveteen, floral printed cotton hopsacking, corduroy, cotton shirting prints and India cotton prints. Some of the patches are embellished with brush-on glitter and others are pinned with safety pins.  Parts of the underlying blue jeans are visible at the waist and below the knee.  Made and worn by Minneapolis resident Lorna Doone between 1968 and 1975.

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1870s gown

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

1870s gown (side view)1870s gown (rear view)

Gown worn by Mahala Pillsbury, wife of John S. Pillsbury, to ceremonies marking her husband’s inauguration as the eighth governor of Minnesota in 1876. The ivory moiré gown has a one-piece bodice and an overskirt of black, Chantilly-like lace. The neck edge, sleeves, and bodice front are trimmed with metallic braid. The boned bodice has three-quarter length sleeves, hook-and-eye front center closure, and an attached waistband. The skirt has double-boxed pleats at the center back with one inner piece of tape to control fullness. The back of the skirt is lined with crinoline. Layers of pleated tapes edged with lace are sewn to the inside hem.

In 1960, Tommy Roland of New York designed a miniature version of the gown for a Mahala Pillsbury doll (pictured below).   It was displayed in the River Room of the St. Paul location of Dayton’s department store along with dolls representing governors’ wives Amelia Hubbard, Sarah Jane Sibley, Anna Ramsey, and Mary Austin.

Mahala Pillsbury doll

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Evening gown

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Evening gown

Evening gown made by the Mildred Conrad Freda Dress Shop in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1970. Worn by donor at daughter’s wedding and at a dinner party held at the Alexander Ramsey House in honor of Wendell Anderson’s inauguration as governor of Minnesota in January of 1971.

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Church hat

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Church hat

Straw cloche hat trimmed with fabric roses purchased at Newman’s in St. Paul circa 1956. Donor Merrie Barr wore the hat while attending St. Paul’s Pilgrim Baptist Church throughout the mid-to-late 1950s.

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Wedding ensemble

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Wedding ensemble

Wedding dress and mantle worn by Adda Thompson of Winona, Minnesota at her wedding in 1879.  The ensemble was made by St. Paul dressmaker Mrs. A. Worley.  The one-piece purple velvet and satin dress (left) has a long cuirass bodice, a ruched satin center front panel and a flounced and draped velvet overskirt with a slight train.  The matching velvet dolman, or mantle (right), is of a close fitting cape construction with small sleeves attached through the side front.  It is ornamented with satin bows and trimmed with fur and chenille fringe at the hem.  The sleeves are ornamented with satin bows and hemmed with fur.

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Edwardian taffeta dress

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Lavender taffeta dress (side)Lavender taffeta dress (front)

Taffeta dress made by Minneapolis dressmaker Madame Rose H. Boyd between 1906 and 1910.  The dress is two pieces and has a matching belt.  The bodice has tucks and lavender lace decorating the front, with lace trimming the sleeves and high neck.

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