Clothing & Accessories
Work, play, fashion, economic class, religious faith, even politics—all these aspects of American life and more are woven into clothing. The Museum cares for one of the nation's foremost collections of men's, women's, and children's garments and accessories—from wedding gowns and military uniforms to Halloween costumes and bathing suits.
The collections include work uniforms, academic gowns, clothing of presidents and first ladies, T-shirts bearing protest slogans, and a clean-room "bunny suit" from a manufacturer of computer microchips. Beyond garments, the collections encompass jewelry, handbags, hair dryers, dress forms, hatboxes, suitcases, salesmen's samples, and thousands of fashion prints, photographs, and original illustrations. The more than 30,000 artifacts here represent the changing appearance of Americans from the 1700s to the present day.
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- Gold metal gun shell shaped lipstick case containing red lipstick.
- General History
- In a 1941 editorial Vogue magazine asked: "Is it patriotic to worry about my looks at a time like this?" The response from one soldier: "To look unattractive these days is downright morale breaking and should be considered treason." The United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve wore a Forest Green Hat with a red silk hat cord. Revlon created a red lipstick to match the cord.
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- Revlon Products Corporation
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center