Clothing from the Attic Shown at the King House

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Photo by Lester Smith

Myra Edmonds makes an adjustment on one of the mannequins in the King House Museum’s current special exhibit. Myra is an intern at the museum working on her MA degree in garment studies from NYU.

This summer the Suffield Historical Society is displaying a new exhibit at its King House Museum entitled “Clothing  From the Attic.” Professionally mounted by consultant Stacey Danielson with help from summer intern Myra Edmonds, a student of fashion history and design at NYU, the exhibit highlights some of the best pieces of a collection which has been in storage for many years. All the items were donated (and presumably worn) by Suffield residents, the great majority from Minnie Ringland of West Suffield in 1985. Visitors will see a wide sampling of items from two centuries, including nightwear, children’s dresses, everyday house dresses, afternoon and evening dress as well as various accessories. The items are spread throughout the museum and lend the house a lived-in look. One can easily imagine women at work in the kitchen, presiding over tea in the dining room, or dressing up for an afternoon of visiting or an evening out.

The exhibit was made possible by a very generous grant from the Suffield Woman’s Club, which enabled the Society to hire Stacey to describe and evaluate the much neglected collection, which she has done over the past year. Visitors are invited to come see this wonderful sampling of yesteryear’s fashion on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 through September. The King House Museum is located at 232 South Main Street. 

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