Clothing ornaments at the center of the new JH Museum exhibition

COSHOCTON — A new exhibit on textiles opens at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, 300 N. Whitewoman St.

Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages will be on display May 28 through September 18 in the Special Exhibit Gallery on the second floor.

Lace, beading, embroidery and buttons are all elements that adorn everyday dress choices and set them apart from simple fabrics. The fashion of previous centuries was no different. Embellished will explore a story of head-to-toe embellishments around the world.

This show features several designer pieces. This includes that of designer Bob Mackie, known for styling icons such as Carol Burnett, Elton John, Lucille Ball and Cher. Givenchy is the French fashion house known for creating the little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Todd Oldham is a New York-based designer whose bright pieces were often worn by Fran Drescher in “The Nanny.” André Courrèges is dubbed the designer of the space age and credited with creating the miniskirt and other fashion staples of the 1960s.

This black dress was made in 1862 by John Johnson, one of the founders of the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, and worn by his sister, Margaret Johnson.  It will be the subject of a new exhibition of textiles over the years and their various adornments.

Pieces from the museum’s own collection in the exhibition span centuries and locations ranging from China to our own backyard.

Embellished is sponsored by the Joe R. Engle Museum Gallery Fund and the Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all residents of the Ohio. Ohio. The Ohio State University Historical Costume and Textile Collection provided the designer pieces.

Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4 for children, and $15 for families. Friends of the Museum are free. For more information, call 740-622-8710 or email [email protected] The museum is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.

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