Transparency of afternoon dress of cotton printed yellow, pink, olive, chartreuse, lavender and other colors. Tabby weave, white, printed with typical psychedelic design with 1.625" border. Knee length with round neckline on front and V-neckline in back. Sleeveless, A-line with dropped waistline. back zipper closure set off center to left. Bodice in three panels (two in back and one in front) fitted with long, curved darts from bust point to slightly above waist at hip. Skirt in front and back panels, neckline, center back closure, waistline and hem defined by printed border. Dress pieces to look as if printed 'en disposition.", MUS93.38.3
Gift of Mrs. L. N. Gross.
Transparency of photograph of day boots c.1965 Black Suede Greece 2.5" round heel. Round toe, 18" high with hook/ lace closure. Crewel embroidery in multi-color floral trim boot sides, leather soles, insoles and lining. 11" heel to toe. Label: "Shoe Biz at Bendel, made in Greece" on insole., MUS77.16.8-A,B
Digital photograph of printed linen dress.
Lua Carey Cooper wore this dress in Xenia, Ohio when she was about four or five years old, just after the Civil War. Her father, Hugh Carey, worked as a real estate agent and notary public on bustling Detroit Street, where Lua and her family could have shopped for millinery and dress goods. As a young woman, she helped organize her local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1894, and thereafter served as secretary.
“I Like Ike” Skirt, ca. 1952
Juli Lynne Charlot, California
Digital photograph of dress made of cotton with felt applique.
Clevelander Michaeline Hicks Maschke wore this skirt during Eisenhower’s campaign in 1952. Her father-in-law, Maurice Maschke, was the leader of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party until 1933 and had served as the Customs Inspector under President Taft. Singer and actress fashion designer Juli Lynne Charlot began designing this and other circle skirts after she began making her own clothes to save money.
Digital photograph of dress made of roller-printed cotton.
This garment, printed with James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, is extremely rare and was likely made specifically for the 1880 presidential election. Oral history ties the dress to a family in South Milford, Indiana, and the wearer could have traveled to Ohio to see the candidates. The 1880 presidential campaign was referred to as the “front porch campaign.” Instead of traveling across the country, Garfield remained at his home in Mentor, Ohio and the Republican Party arranged for trains to bring thousands of people to hear him speak.
Digital photograph of dress on screen-printed paper.
After the Scott Paper Company created the first paper dress as part of a promotional campaign, other designers began to experiment with disposable fashion. The two-dimensional form served as the perfect surface for printing images like this one. The temporary nature of the garment makes perfect sense for clothing that would only be worn briefly. George Romney served as the governor of Michigan before unsuccessfully running for President in 1968.
The Joseph and Feiss Company was established in 1841, by Caufman Koch and Samuel Loeb, as a general store in Meadville, Pennsylvania. In 1845 they moved the store to Cleveland, Ohio, and began specializing in tailored men's clothing. The company underwent several name changes before becoming Joseph & Feiss in 1907. The collection consists of photographs of various operations, functions, facilities, events, and staff of the Joseph and Feiss Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Included are exterior and interior views of the factory; individual and group portraits of the founders of the company, other executives, and employees; views of employees at work and at various recreational activities; views of medical and sanitary facilities, the nursery, lunchrooms, and language and other classes for employees; views of machinery used in clothing manufacturing at the plant; and views of production and employees during World War II.
Wow Factor, 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes showcases gems of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s costume collection, on display in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing. “Wow factor” is clothing’s ability to inspire feelings of wonder and awe. These emotions are triggered by beauty, craftsmanship, rarity, and humor. Through delicate textiles, bold color, a surprising silhouette, and glittering sequins, each of these qualities entices the viewer and empowers the wearer. It takes bold people to wear these clothes. Although the collection contains menswear and children’s clothing, Wow Factor highlights women, so often left out by the historical record. This collection celebrates women who are immigrants, scholars, travelers, artists, designers, philanthropists, and CEOs. They are Jewish, Jordanian, Japanese, African American, and transgender. Above all, they are Clevelanders.
Dorothy Horvorka wore this dress for her final solo piano performance with the Cleveland Summer Orchestra in 1959. One might imagine that a classical musician should wear more serious clothing, but Dorothy dressed with color and flair onstage. This dress is made of layers of dusty purple net, but a bright pink lining peeks through, and glows in certain light. She found success as a pianist for decades before devoting herself to musical philanthropy, as a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra and President of its Women’s Committee, and as President of the Cleveland Music School Settlement., Made of synthetic net. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Dorothy Humel Hovorka (1921-2017). Gift of Dorothy Humel Hovorka 81.51.2. Featured in the "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes" Exhibit.