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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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Clothes Tell Stories: Reuse and Recycle

By: Anna-Maria Hand 


All Dressed Up: Preparing Dresses for Display

By Lidia Plaza


Looking Underneath the Dress

By: Emily Bach


Ornate Asia: Opulence and Identity

By: Anna-Maria Hand 


An Update on Arsenic Green: When the World was Dying for Color

By Lidia Plaza


Victorian Image of Pregnancy through Corsetry

Editor’s Note: Join us at the Maryland Historical Society on Wednesday, August 12, at 11am as our Costume Interns detail their findings from this summer’s[..]


18th Century Painted Silk

Editor’s Note: Join us at the Maryland Historical Society on Wednesday, August 12, at 11am as our Costume Interns detail their findings from this summer’s[..]


Making a Rehousing a Home: Mounts for Hats

Editor's Note: Join us at the Maryland Historical Society on Wednesday at 11am as our Costume Interns detail their findings from this summer's rehousing[..]


The New Woman: Changes in Fashion and Aspiration in the 1920s

Editor’s Note: Support the Maryland Historical Society by participating in our Adopt A Box! program. For as little as $100 you can help preserve these[..]


Riding Habits and Women's Rights

Editor’s Note: Support the Maryland Historical Society by participating in our Adopt A Box! program. For as little as $100 you can help preserve these[..]


Industrial Corsetry

Editor’s Note: Support the Maryland Historical Society by participating in our Adopt A Box! program. For as little as $100 you can help preserve these[..]