Tree thumbnailDating costumes helps organizations provide better interpretation of clothing and possibly creates an expanded use of the clothing.

Patricia Horridge, Diane Smathers, and Diane Vachon provide a primer on dating historic clothing.

The authors emphasize the need to develop a check sheet listing different features of dress to aid in the dating process.

Provided is an example of a check sheet professionals can use as a model and a glossary of terms for “day dress.”

Technical Leaflet #102 (1977)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 16, Collections Management III.