Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts Historical Society is exhibiting Fashion the New England Family, 17th to 19th Century: Reuse, Refashion, Preserve, and Pass On allowing visitors to learn about the importance of fashion in history. Many pieces were have been in long term storage and are being exhibited for the first time. MTS conserved five historic garments for this exhibit including Mather Byles christening cap. The exhibit opens October 2018.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has two exhibitions with an emphasis on fashion and textiles. The first exhibit is Casanova's Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century. This will show how clothing, furniture, and art are woven into Casanova's travel, courtships, and social activities. The exhibit is open July 8, 2018.
The second exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is showcasing is Boston Arts Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork (working title). This exhibit displays the craftsmanship and artistry of jewelry and metalworkers. MFA will showcase how the artists' stories connect and helped make life more worthwhile during an industrial revolution when many things are becoming mass manufactured and less handcrafted. This exhibit will open November 17, 2018.
Trustees of Reservations
Trustees of Reservations will be exhibiting Leisure Pursuits: The Fashion and Culture of Recreation displaying how people of Massachusetts participated in activities such as gardening, swimming, entertaining, fitness, and equestrian pursuits. Each of these activities required a certain dress and influenced the fashion of the time. MTS had the opportunity to conserve several pieces for Trustees of Reservations. The Driscoll's gown pictured below is a piece MTS conserved. This exhibit will be showcasing what was worn for certain activities and opens May 12, 2018.
Historic New England
Historic New England's curator Laura Johnson is focusing on the influence of shoes and hats in Head to Toe: Hat and Shoe Fashions from Historic New England. The 46 shoes and hats show the relationship between these items and New England, highlighting the connections of body image with socio-economics, cultural appropriation, and activism. The Head to Toe exhibit opens June 1, 2018.
Fuller Craft Museum
Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment will exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum. This exhibit will feature 75 pieces of contemporary jewelry and costume. Susan Ramljak's curation will show the connection of fashion to human emotions, intellect, and body through the demands of fashion itself. The exhibition will begin October 26, 2018.
Old Sturbridge Village
A Fashion for Preservation: Caring for the Old Sturbridge Village Textile Collection is being exhibited at the Old Sturbridge Village. Museum Textile Services surveyed the hanging fashion collection dating from 1780 to 1850 last spring.This program is extremely exclusive, allowing only 15 visitors on June 16, 2018. A Fashion for Preservation is exemplifying how to properly care for textiles and why their new rehousing of 300 items is crucial for the preservation of history.