Off following links again… and landing for a short time at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.
We will not be finding ourselves at the museum any time soon. But you may. The exhibit continues through 2010. And we can take a closer look through links to the current exhibition called,
All those little bugs….and their glorious color.
The red of the cochineal was as expensive as gold.
It would be great if there were more garment and textile pictures from the exhibit but even the one picture above of the court suit gives us a feel for the images we could have seen at the exhibition. There is a short slide show on the website.
The museum notes, “Historically, red has been worn to indicate official status, but it has also been thought to have protective and even healing qualities. In modern times, red is seen as a glamorous colour that draws attention to the wearer. In some cultures red is worn to mark a very special celebration like a wedding. Red is also the colour of romance and passion. This exhibition looks at a variety of red clothing, from hunting jackets to party frocks, and tells the stories behind them.”
Costume and Textiles at the museum…
“There are over 6,000 items of costume at the Harris. Although the majority are women’s clothes, there are also menswear, children’s and baby’s clothing and costume accessories. The earliest item is a pair of men’s silk slippers dating from the 1620s.”
Shall we pull out our passports?
On a side note… Lana surely loved her dash of red…
That red will take you places!
Are you still here? Okay, then how about a little more on the Horrockses dresses? Don’t you just love it when you learn a term of speech used in an English-speaking country that differs in just a small way from the common word in usage in our own country? Follow the link to the Horrockses dresses and you can find some fun terms of your own. A favorite of ours is “swing tags” for hang tags. Yeah, that has a great sound!