“When I was a little girl, I used to just stand beside my mom and rub and pet it,” says Sandy Wetsel of the mouton jacket her mother, Norma Good, used to wear.
“Moutons were ‘the thing’ at the time,” says Wetsel, adding, “my mom was so teeny-tiny and so, when she wrapped up in that mouton, it swallowed her up!”
The piece will be among those displayed at the upcoming Plains District Memorial Museum’s “Fashions on Parade” exhibit in Timberville, which will explore Plains District fashions from the 1900s-60s.
Wetsel, volunteer and museum board member, loaned the jacket for the display, as did other local contributors.
Along with clothing from each era, a lecture will discuss “how fashions are reflections of economical, cultural and political climates of the different periods,” says Helen Smith, museum director.
Local Past Fashions
The display is made up of a variety of pieces, including ladies’, children’s and men’s fashions from each decade, says Smith.
Among them are an early 1900s bustle dress and traveling suit, flapper dresses, hats, a Franklin Delano Roosevelt tie, rare handbags, furs and jewelry.
A regular contributor to the museum, Betty Driver of Timberville will share her collection of various handbags and accessories, including everything from delicate beaded clutches to a scaly crocodile-claw bag.
The event, to take place Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., will feature local models, including members of Cadette Troop No. 126 of the northern Rockingham service unit of the Skyline Council, which meets in Broadway.
Smith says the turnout for previous museum events has been impressive.
“I think it’s phenomenal and I’m so pleased by the reception that the whole museum has received.”
Each museum display runs for approximately six months and is accompanied by its own lecture topic.
The Fashions on Parade display will be showing through March 1.
For more information on the display, or to learn how to volunteer or contribute, call (540) 896-7900 or visit the museum at 176 N. Main St., Timberville.
Contact Aimee George at (540) 574-6292 or firstname.lastname@example.org