Photographing for the Civil War Exhibit

In preparation for our upcoming exhibit, On the Home Front, we are feverishly dressing and photographing all the pieces that will be on exhibit. The crinolined skirts of the Civil War-era dresses are quite cumbersome so the whole process has become something of an athletic feat. Joanne Arnett, the curatorial assistant, has been doing the actual photography as well as helping with the dressing. Each piece that we dress becomes our new favorite, although the silk gauze evening dress with the green trim holds a place of honor in our affections. We have come to refer to it as “the barbecue dress” after Scarlett’s dress in the opening scene of Gone with the Wind. I wanted to share a sneak peak of some of the dresses as we progress. Enjoy!

Sara Hume, Curator


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