Collection Highlights


The HCTC contains garments from the mid-1800s through early 21st century. Objects included in the Collection: women's outerwear, men's outerwear, children's clothes, footwear, hats, undergarments, lace, and accessories.


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Camisole - Ivory cotton camisole with flowerlet detail.

Camisole - Ivory cotton camisole with flowerlet detail.

Off-white women's wedding shoes

Straight Sole Wedding Shoes - Off-white women's wedding shoes with narrow soles, button straps, and three small bows in row one on each strap. Metal rectangle at center of each bow with a Louis XV style heels.

Red satin heels.

Red Satin Heels

Silver mesh boots that have see through shafts and bodies.

Go Go Boots - Silver mesh boots that have see through shafts and bodies. Cap of shaft is lined in silver fabric. Zipper down front and center of shaft is white and lined in silver fabric and extends to the toebox. Back of shaft has a strip of silver fabric down until the heel.

Givenchy dress in a black silk blend with velvet piping and a tied belt.

Givenchy Dress - Givenchy dress in a black silk blend with velvet piping and a tied belt.

Silk Forest green women's bonnet most likely worn for a wedding.

Bonnet - Silk Forest green women's bonnet most likely worn for a wedding.

White and blue cotton children's sailor dress with matching cap.

Sailor Dress - White and blue cotton children's sailor dress with matching cap.

Forrest green silk pelerine or cloak with quilted self ruching trim.

Pelerine - Forrest green silk pelerine or cloak with quilted self ruching trim.

Tan wool cape with large buttons and passementerie detail.

Cape - Tan wool cape with large buttons and passementerie detail.

Chocolate brown woven wool suit. Suit jacket has shoulder pads and skirt has inverted pleats down the front.

Women's Suit - Chocolate brown woven wool suit. Suit jacket has shoulder pads and skirt has inverted pleats down the front.

Black Chanel dress with matching gold buckle.

Chanel Dress - Black Chanel dress with matching gold buckle.

Black silk chiffon dress with lace applique on V neckline with nude under-lying fabric.

Chiffon Dress - Black silk chiffon dress with lace applique on V neckline with nude under-lying fabric.

Tan jacket with ethnic blue embroidery with coordinating pants and skirt.

Oscar de la Renta Suit - Tan jacket with ethnic blue embroidery with coordinating pants and skirt.

Brown silk skirt with cotton lining and matching jacket. Cream floral lace trim on both silk and lace sleeves and collar.

Jacket and Skirt with Bustle - Brown silk skirt with cotton lining and matching jacket. Cream floral lace trim on both silk and lace sleeves and collar.

Navy Blue and Green checked jersey knit dress by Bobbie Brooks.

Jersey Knit Dress - Navy Blue and Green checked jersey knit dress by Bobbie Brooks.

Deep blue velvet jacket with high collar, black leg-of-mutton sleeves, and black beading on cuffs and along bottom hem. Jacket also has hanging beads and rope-style button closures down front.

Deep Blue Velvet Jacket - Deep blue velvet jacket with high collar, black leg-of-mutton sleeves, and black beading on cuffs and along bottom hem. Jacket also has hanging beads and rope-style button closures down front.

Red and black with lace and passementerie detail.

Red and Black Dress - Red and black with lace and passementerie detail.

Off-white wedding dress with long train and V-neckline. Wedding dress has short lace and beaded sleeves, and bodice is embroidered.

Wedding Gown - Off-white wedding dress with long train and V-neckline. Wedding dress has short lace and beaded sleeves, and bodice is embroidered.

Vera Wang Spring 2004 wedding dress with tool used inside to create fullness at the bottom of gown, bow at the side of the left hip, and high neckline with straps in the back.

Vera Wang Wedding Gown - Vera Wang Spring 2004 wedding dress with tool used inside to create fullness at the bottom of gown, bow at the side of the left hip, and high neckline with straps in the back.



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