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.


Saving a 1790s Dress

Within the Maryland Historical Society’s costume archives, certain garments are accessioned into the “study collection.” Usually artifacts within this[..]

Conservation Challenges in a 1910s Evening Dress

Western fashion changed dramatically during the first half of the 20th century, reflecting the other technological and cultural changes of the era. The[..]

Plastic Beads on a 1910s Summer Dress

Whenever we examine garments in the Maryland Historical Society’s costume collection, we pay close attention to their materials, which will impact how[..]

A 1927 Evening Dress

Costume has the unique ability to create a connection between today’s person and our ancestors. By analyzing and researching the history behind the[..]

A 1948 Wedding Dress

The objects in the Costume Collection of the Maryland Historical Society are a cross-section of Maryland life, reflecting changing trends and[..]

The Hutzler Experience


An atmosphere of nostalgia filled the Maryland Historical Society with the museum’s annual meeting's theme of remembrance, which showcased historic[..]

An Introduction to Dress Mounting




Preparing garments for display involves a blend of experience and creativity, as I learned this month during our preparations for Maryland[..]