Over the years, the costume department at California State University, Fresno has accrued a collection of approximately 3500 historical garments and 1000 accessories that have been donated from private collections. Until recently, the collection was essentially forgotten in its storage space in the basement.
Besides photos of the vintage costumes, the blog posts include a lot of detail about the clothing and materials. My favorite part are fun details like the dimensions. These are from a post on an Edwardian era blouse:
Sleeve Length: 25â€³
Armscye to Armscye Back: 14â€³
Armscye to Armscye Front: 14â€³
Center Front: 17â€³
What a great connection to past fashion. I’ll be interested to see how the collection unfolds. If you’re interested in seeing the collection, some garments are on display in the Lyles Gallery in the Speech Arts Building.