Fashion

Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By Andrea Degener on June 23, 2017

The time around the turn of the 20th century was filled with cultural, social, and technological change. During this period, new technology directed production to large-scale manufacturing. Seeking to self promote, manufacturers branded their products, naturally leading to a need for sales promot...

Helen Dryden: Illustrator and Industrial Designer in the Age of Art Deco

By Cathy on May 17, 2017

In the early twentieth century, the covers of the large publications were beautifully illustrated, and many artists who contributed became household names. The art created for fashion magazines in particular stands out. What had started out as representational drawings of clothing and models morp...

Advertising the 19th Century Detachable Collar

By Maria Dorfman on January 3, 2017

A distinguishing characteristic of menswear in the ~1860’s-1920’s was the detachable collar. Collars were naturally more susceptible to dirt and deformation that the rest of the shirt. Detachable collars allowed men to achieve the appearance of neatness and cleanliness, while reducing...

What’s Happening at MGHL: Arrow Collar & Bishop Family Collections

By Andrea Degener on July 20, 2016

Two new MGHL collections are processed and ready for use. The Arrow Collar Collection and Bishop Family Collection can be browsed through online finding aids or by making an appointment to view the collections. The Arrow Collar Collection was donated by Washington University alum Michael Murphy. ...

Jazz Age Illustration Exhibit

By Andrea Degener on January 20, 2016

A new exhibit has been installed in the Ginkgo Room at Olin Library featuring illustrations from the Jazz Age. The reproductions on display feature illustrators John Held Jr., Henry Raleigh, Nell Brinkley, Georges Lepape, and Władysław Teodor “W.T.” Benda and others. The illustrations...

The Henry Raleigh Collection is now available for use!

By ksinger on November 30, 2015

We are excited the announce that the Henry Raleigh Collection finding aid is now available online! Henry Raleigh was an American Illustrator, mostly active between 1910-1940. Known as the Gatsby Era Story Illustrator (Chris Raleigh), Henry created story illustrations for many well-known authors, ...

Walk the Runway with Retro St. Louis Fashions

By MGHL Staff on September 11, 2014

Just because it’s Fashion Week in New York, that doesn’t mean we can’t have our own fashion show here in St. Louis.  From its offices on the lower level of a former Famous-Barr department store, Modern Graphic History Library presents a runway of retro St. Louis fashions. Empire...

Fashion Design Program Records

By Jennifer Kirmer on September 10, 2014

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts includes a number of programs, including the Fashion Design Program. The records for this program are now available for all researchers at the Washington University Archives. These unique records have many visual elements that provide great insight to ...

A Leg Up on Fashion with Vintage Hosiery Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 30, 2014

Seventy-five years ago today, the 1939 World’s Fair opened in New York, and DuPont debuted a new product that would dramatically impact the fashion industry.  It was “Polymer 6.6” but was given a more memorable name for its New York debut : nylon.  Stockings made of this new sil...

Russian-Inspired Fashion Suggestions

By MGHL Staff on February 5, 2014

The Winter Olympics start this week in Sochi, Russia.  As a way to learn more about the host country, Modern Graphic History Library presents some Russian-inspired fashions straight out of Ladies’ Home Journal. Because it’s cold outside, you will need a coat.  The latest Russian coats...