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.


A Green Silk Pelisse


When entering Pratt House, the historic home where much of the Maryland Historical Society’s costume collection still resides, cardboard boxes[..]

Processing an 1880s Velvet Skirt

For the past three years, the Maryland Historical Society has been relocating the costume collection from the historic Pratt House to new textile[..]

Greene & Pike Cotton Printing


Full View of Emily Hollingsworth's Dress