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Sunday, July 8, 2007

A Century of Fashion Accessories

As promised, here are some highlights from the Museum of Ventura County's Exhibition entitled All in the Details: A Century of Fashion Accessories. Enjoy!

In the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, boots were made of dark colors because practical considerations were taken into account. Boots protected the feet from the mud and dirt of unpaved streets and were the most common style of women's footwear until about 1920. Light-colored boots and shoes were worn for special occasions and when the weather was dry.

Blue velvet bonnet, c. 1900 - 1915
Long hatpins were used to secure large hats such as this one. The hatpins were pushed through the hats and woven through masses of long hair.

Brocade slippers, satin evening bag, pink nylon gloves, and high-heeled sandals from the 1950s and 1960s.

Velvet hat with feathers and veil, 1940s

Spanish lace mantilla, c. 1894 and faux tortoise shell hair comb, c. 1900

Roman-style sandals, c. 1950s

Evening bag, c. 1940s

Plastic purse, c. 1940s

Leather lace-up ankle shoes, c. 1890 and felt spats, c. 1910s

Colorful shoes and hats, c. mid 20th century

Green hat with netting, c. 1950s

Hairwork decoration, c. 1870s
In the 19th century, women would make hairwork pieces as a pastime. They would save their own hair in containers called receivers, and make decorative jewelry and wreathes following directions in ladies' magazines.

Organdy hat, c. 1900 and crocheted cotton gloves, c. 1900
This exhibit runs until September 16, 2007 at the Museum of Ventura County in downtown Ventura, CA.