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The costume collection at the Maryland Historical Society is one of the museum’s greatest treasure troves. Composed of more than 6,000 garments dating from the early eighteenth century to the 1960s, the collection includes women’s and men’s clothing, infant and children’s clothing, uniforms and accessories of all kinds.

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Wondrous Waistcoats: Beauty in Menswear - 18th and 19th Centuries

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Underarm Liners: Shields Against Summer Sweat

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Making a Rehousing a Home: The "Double-hanger" as a Solution

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Ornate Asia: Extravagance in Clothing

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Making a Rehousing a Home: A Housing Solution for a Bustled Skirt

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Christian Dior and Fur: Fashion Revolutionized

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Mourning Crape

By: Emily Bach


Fun in the Sun: The Evolution of the Bathing Suit

By: Anna-Maria Hand 


Making a Rehousing a Home: A Brand New Box

1949.94.1 The blue dress before packing.

Uncovering George Washington's Family Tree: Mary Washington Keyser

By: Emily Bach


A Pattern of Paisley and Kashmir

By: Anna-Maria Hand


Making a Rehousing a Home: Creative Hanging Solutions

By: Lidia Plaza