Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems to go out of style, is the attention to detail. Adding specific elements to a garment can give it an extra flair, or make a relatively bland piece look extraordinary.
Undoubtedly, many of us own multiple garments with plenty of design elements, giving us a variety of choices. This would not have been the case in the 1800s, when pioneers started making their way into Osceola County. Most owned clothes for everyday use and possibly some “Sunday best”, which was worn for any special occasion. The wealthy owned more clothing and they likely included intricate designs and embellishments. The Osceola County Historical Society’s artifact collection includes original Pioneer dresses, with beautiful details, which will be on display in the new temporary exhibit, "Fashion Rewind".
Moving into the 1900s, people began owning more clothing and, with the start of the “Roaring Twenties”, women were taking even more risks with their fashion. Attention detail was just as important but started to include more flair, like sequins and feathers. Small, flashy purses, like the one seen in the picture, gained popularity, as well.
Another simple addition that would have made quite a difference was buttons. These could be made in different sizes, shapes and patterns. Some, like the larger ones in the photo, were even decorated with designs transferred onto the porcelain. The smaller ones are unique in that they are more than a button. They are made from brass and have velvet backgrounds. These were called “perfume buttons”. Victorian ladies would soak perfume on these small studs to add a nice scent. A button certainly is a minute detail, but goes a long way in sprucing up a simple shirt.
Today, OCHS will open the “Fashion Rewind”, Temporary Exhibit, at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum. The free Opening Reception on February 21, 2017 at 5:30pm will include a special program and snack and sips. Items like those pictured here will be on exhibit, as well as, more women’s fashion from the 1800s to the 1940s.
Source: Button Button by Peggy Ann Osborne
Photo Courtesy: Kayla Smith