Into the Museums? Or the Landfill?

by Ramona on November 2, 2012

Quotable Quote: “What you’re wearing today, may end up in a museum in the future”. Change that to “What you’re sewing today ………………….”.


Christian Dior is pictured above, photographed by LIFE magazine for a feature on the birth of the “New Look”. The iconic “Bar” suit of this collection is a permanent piece in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and no doubt, elsewhere.

Envision a world in the year 3012, where your lovingly sewn, much-worn dress will be handled with gloved hands, and added to “A Self-made Costume Exhibit of  Everyday American Clothing, circa 2012”. Next to it may be displayed your top-of-the-line sewing/embroidery machine which probably cost more than a used car.

Major museums may be only interested in big name designer creations, but I console myself with the thought that there may be a major sewing museum in the future. Maybe a sewing section in a major museum? They should realize that major designers’ fashion collections are created on a sewing machine. Heh, take that House of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and the rest!

This thought puts our self-made sartorial creations in an entirely new light. Bearing that in mind, will you sew with the utmost care, or will you knock out a fast one and sew into night to wear tomorrow morning? Is longevity an issue with you, or is a future landfill or thrift shop good enough for the quickie blouse you’re making right now? Care to comment below? We’d love to know!


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Jean at Dross into Gold November 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

It pains me slightly to think that my admitted impatience with sewing relegates my pieces to a thrift store or landfill. A thrift store is fine with me because it makes them accessible, to be worn and enjoyed again. A landfill? Let’s hope not. But to imply that a piece done quickly with time saving techniques won’t have longevity is an oversimplification, I think. Yes, I appreciate beautiful hand-stitching and couture techniques as works of art, but I’m also in awe of ancient linen tunics for example. A simple unlined shift dress in the right fabric would be timeless, and also quite quick to sew. Maybe the museum could have different categories, and the simple could be shown alongside the complex. That’s assuming that my shift dress is available, and isn’t being worn by my great grand-daughter at that point.

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