Holiday Attire

by Jill Holt, Curator of Textiles

christmas-hat-3.jpgHoliday inspired clothing has been popular in America for several decades. Two examples in the textile collection of the Oklahoma Museum of History are a novelty Christmas hat and a Christmas dress.

The cone shaped hat is covered in green feathers and is trimmed with Christmas ornaments and tinsel garland. It was made by Adolfo II of New York and was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue in the mid 1960s. The classic 1950s shirtwaist dress is presented in a cheery holly and Santa Claus print fabric. Both of these items illustrate a woman’s desire to express her festive holiday spirit.



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