Hidden Fashion History??

Welcome to Hidden Fashion History! I am a textile and fashion historian and my biggest hope for this site will be to create a fun and informative archive of little known tidbits about all things fashion. We’ll share the stories of successful fashion designers who virtually disappeared from history and post odd and interesting tools and machines used for sewing and textile production. Advertising and vintage fashion magazine clippings will be used to discuss the way fashion intersects with social history.There are so many interesting stories to dig into! Did you know that during the 1930s and 40s, the fabric of two chicken feed sacks provided enough cotton cloth to create a child’s dress?

Or that Lane Bryant began in the early 1900s as one of the earliest producers of “on the rack” maternity dresses?

Have you ever seen Jackie Kennedy’s 1953 wedding gown? Did you know that it was created by Ann Lowe? A highly regarded society designer who was also African American.  I’m also looking forward to sharing historical costume pieces and antique doll clothes that are in my own collection and also profiling some truly fabulous pieces from the collections of great museums around the world.

—Margaret Powell