I had my second day at my once a week internship today. I am working in the Costume and Textile Archives at a local museum and it is so amazing. I went through a box of slips from the 1930s-present and it was like opening presents! I don’t know how to describe the feeling, but the only thing I can equate it to is the highest level of respect. I respect these garments so much, because they have lived a life that I will never know. I can only imagine the important life experiences that people had while wearing these garments. When they saw the person they were to marry, or got the amazing job opportunity, or felt so confident that the asked the cute soldier at the club to dance. I have always been fascinated with history, and the fact that I get to be involved with a tangible part of it is incredible.
People may say they are not interested in the history of fashion, or may think it is boring, but if they saw the seam lines and lace designs that are on some of these garments they would change their minds. No question.