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Clothing And Textiles

The Clothing and Textiles Collection numbers more than 15,000 pieces and is composed of men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories, as well as household textiles, including quilts and coverlets, from the 18th century to the present. Our collecting focus is on the clothing and accessories that document everyday life, as well as special occasions, in and around St. Louis. Highlights of the collection include clothing made by local dressmakers such as Annie Cummings, Frederick A. Smith, the Slater Sisters, and Girolamo Giuseffi as well as such international designers as Charles James, Bonnie Cashin, and Christian Dior. The important St. Louis footwear industry is represented by shoes made by the Swope and Brown Shoe Companies. Public service is documented by military clothing, uniforms, and flags dating from the War of 1812 to the present.


In 2007, the Missouri History Museum showcased many of the collection's wedding dresses in the exhibit UnCommon Threads: Stories of Missouri Brides, some of which can be seen here in the online exhibit.

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