Recreating an 1887 Dress From the FHM Collection

About a year ago I was contacted by Constanze Möller from the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts regarding a dress she had seen online that was attributed to the Fashion History Museum’s collection. It’s a wool dress with paisley pattern and velvet trim I acquired about thirty years ago from an American dealer in Boston. Constanze wanted to recreate the dress and asked if I could send her close-up photographs and some measurements.

This morning she sent me pictures (taken by Laura Döring Instagram:@cocoloconz) of the resulting dress. Her work is remarkable, especially as she never actually held the dress or could look at it closely. Fantastic job Constanze!

Canadian Fashion Connection – The Style

The museum recently received this rare early Canadian copy of the August 1883 edition of The Style – a 4 page flyer of dress patterns (probably from the American pattern maker Butterick) published by Mrs. E. Guthrie of St. Catharines, Ontario. I am assuming Mrs. Guthrie carried the patterns, or made up garments from the patterns at her business. I found a J.S. Guthrie, manufacturer of corsets and fancy goods in the ‘Grand Central Block’ of St. Catharines, listed in the 1884-85 Farmer’s business directory – perhaps there is a relation. Otherwise I haven’t been able to find anything more online about Mrs. E. Guthrie of St. Catharines, Ontario.