Monday, December 3, 2012

KC Garmet District

Work provided me with a professional development day and I actually got to go on a fieldtrip. My fellow Family and Consumer Science teachers took a trip to the Kansas City Garment District Museum. We had an adorable tour guide named Anne Brownfield. She worked in the garment district at the height of its heyday.  She was a designer for many different companies during the 1960’s.

I enjoyed our tour and was fascinated by how relevant Kansas City once was in the fashion industry.  It was said that 1 out of every 7 woman in America purchased a garment made in Kansas City during the 1940's,

Another cool fact was that stewardess uniforms for TWA were made in this district and designed by none other than Valentino.  I was stunned when I read the tag on one of the uniforms and thrilled to know that one of my favorite designers has history in my hometown.

All the clothing on display was made in Kansas City.

TWA uniform designed by Valentino.

Full length version of Valentino.

A real fox stole! What would PETA say??

The city housed a hat and coat company, but the name escapes me.

I wish people still dressed up!



Visit the website:

http://www.kcgarmentmuseum.org/

Great article:

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/lifestyle/proud_to_call_it_home/kc-garment-district-museum-holds-key-to-fashion-history


 

1 comment:

twoandlu said...

So cool! I want that leopard swing coat!