The Friends of Banning Museum Textiles Collection includes over 2,000 artifacts of clothing and house wares from the late 19th century. The Textiles Collection includes men’s, women’s and children’s fashions, along with accessories such as shoes, hats, purses and jewelry. The Textiles Collection also includes all the linens necessary to furnish a home including rugs, bedding, curtains, and table and bath linens. Take a look at some of the fine pieces from Friends of Banning Museum’s Textiles Collection.
The textiles collection includes 128 dresses for women and children dating from 1850 to 1920. The oldest dress in the collection is a circa 1850 silk taffeta ball gown which belonged to Adelaida Mellus Banning, wife of Phineas Banning’s nephew, William Lowber Banning.
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