Behind the Scenes

Celebrating our Heroes

In collaboration with the History Division at the Museum of Texas Tech University, we in the Costume & Textiles Division have been gathering and researching our collections to create On the Homefront. The exhibit will feature clothing and artifacts that highlight the United States military efforts of World War II, both stateside and overseas.

With the opening of the Celebrating our Heroes exhibition right around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what we’ve been up to!

Lauren adjusting the placement of a female officer’s cap. Pins must be unobtrusive to the garments, yet provide stability while on exhibit.

Mei sewing a muslin backing onto a quilt. The muslin provides protection while on display; a common stabilization technique.

We use white paper to create period-appropriate hair styles. Here, Rebecca is pinning curls to form Victory-style bangs.

So much is happening for this gigantic exhibition- so don’t miss out! Be sure to check out the events schedule on the Celebrating our Heroes website. We hope you will join us for one – or all! – of the fun activities. It’s going to be an exciting summer!


Object of Day

Two-Piece Burgundy Wool Suit, 1908

The military style, as a fashion trend, is a recycled themed which has inspired numerous fashion designers throughout the ages. It is a style that resurfaces one minute only to be pushed back down the next. Today’s military fashion trends are not inspired by the Georgian and Victorian era, such as the one shown here with its ornamental decoration, but with functionality and utility in mind.

During the Victorian and Georgian periods, certain elements seen on military uniforms were reworked into women’s fashion, especially on women’s riding habits and coats. Occasionally, woman’s fashionable garments, such as this two-piece burgundy wool suit, adopted a few military elements like a frog closers, chevrons on the sleeves and a particular style of jacket.

Like the notorious Heidi Klum’s saying on Project Runway “One day you’re in. The next day you’re out”, the same can be said about the military style.