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Symposium on Historical Dress

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Collections, Collecting & Collaborations 

Join us November 14-16, 2024 at Colonial Williamsburg as we celebrate the connections between collections of historical clothing, their collectors, and the studies made possible through the preservation and care of dress and related artifacts. Online and in person conference.
The Symposium will celebrate several Colonial Williamsburg milestones, including:  

  • The opening of the Mary Turner and Clinton R. Gilliland Gallery at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and the inaugural exhibit, Elegance, Taste & Style: The Mary D. Doering Fashion Collection (winter 2023) 
  • 90 years of historical dress and costumed interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg (1934) 
  • 70 years of the Margaret Hunter Shop, which was the first curated exhibit of clothing and accessories at Colonial Williamsburg (1954) 
  • And 40 years of mantua-making in the Dept. of Historic Trades (1984)