Last week I shared some highlights of the day we spent at the Gilmore Car Museum. It was a beautiful afternoon and we had such a wonderful time. I wanted to share a couple more things we saw while on the grounds of the museum.
A new addition (permanent, temporary? not sure) to the collection of automobiles are some fantastic, larger than life photos depicting the dress and fashion of the 1930s. Being able to get in close and see some of the details on these beautiful clothes was a feast for the eyes. And, as always, it made me wish I lived during this elegant time — Great Depression aside, of course.
There were a few authentic pieces on display as well:
And here is my favorite…notice the background:
Also on display were some amazing photographs capturing the harsher side of the 1930s — the Dust Bowl survivors. These photos were so raw in emotion…Steinbeck”ian” men, women and children who lost everything they owned, watched their dreams swallowed in whole by a never-ending wind-driven cloud of dust. Many headed West to California and Oregon hoping a new dream would take shape only to have that one dashed to pieces as well. Migrant work became their new “lifestyle”–hard work for little pay to round out their days. I was so moved by these pictorial stories (many done by Dorothea Lange) that I didn’t once reach for my camera to capture what I saw. I need to finish watching Kevin Burn’s “The Dust Bowl Experience” after seeing this exhibit (highly recommend).
I love learning something while having fun, don’t you? Do you have a favorite time period for fashion?