Residents from Terrace Retirement not only learned about Bohemian styles during a private tour of the Historic Costume Gallery yesterday, they also shared their own memories and knowledge of the garments.
One visitor had information about one of the oldest garments on display that she was able to share with curators, said Monica McMurry, dean of Stephens’ School of Fashion and Design. She now plans to send them a photo of her grandmother wearing a similar garment.
“Another person actually lived in a Bohemian society and had much history to share,” said McMurry said. “He remembered some of the styles on display looking like the styles worn in his home town as a child.”
The collection also features garments worn by singer Jane Froman, which are set up next to a garment owned by alumna and actress Patricia Barry, as well as a dressing gown owned by Matilda Magnus Price, a Columbia socialite after whom the historic fashion collection is named. A photo of a young Price is also displayed in the exhibit.
Bohemian Rhapsody is open to the public every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
Private tours are available, however, for groups that would like to view the collection at other times.
By scheduling a private tour, visitors get more behind-the-scenes narratives about the history of the garments, McMurry said, and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a curator. To schedule an exhibit tour, call 876-7220.
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