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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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Fancy Dress Parties- Costumes from the 19th Century

In the 19th century, costume parties were not just for Halloween.  In fact in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "fancy dress" parties as they[..]


The Zouave Jacket Frenzy in the 1860s

Military uniforms have influenced fashion throughout history and continue to do so today. In the mid-nineteenth century, Americans were taken with the[..]


Drag Queens and Dramatic Scenes

“When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.”

Little Boys in Pink Dresses

Pink for a baby girl, blue for a boy, right? Not so, at least not until the twentieth century.  In fact age, not gender, dictated the type of clothing[..]