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Eichman's clothing exhibit closing reception Sunday

HUDSON --“Historical Clothing of the St. Croix Valley: Selected Garments from the Collection of Lorraine Eichman” will be on view through this Sunday in the Atrium Gallery of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

This show features historical garments worn by St. Croix Valley residents at the end of the 19th and into the early 20th centuries--dresses from the 1920s, men’s morning coats, women’s “sportswear” and wedding gowns, among other examples. Many demonstrate the intricate needle work and hand-sewn details indicative of this era’s clothing. Interesting hats, including a cloche, also are on view. 

The garments are from the collection of Lorraine Eichman, who moved to Prescott in 1947, where she lived with her husband and three children until her death in 2013. Eichman began collecting vintage clothes, some of which date back to the Civil War, in the attic of the garage of her house. She often lent these historical garments to be used in shows for charitable purposes and frequently opened her home to share her collectibles, which also included over 1,000 dolls and Elvis memorabilia.

Upon her death, Eichman’s family offered her vintage clothing collection to The Phipps Center for use as costumes.

“While several items in the collection were selected, most are too small or fragile for this purpose. Those not taken will be offered to museums, but before they are given away, The Phipps is pleased to present this exhibition of many of the finest examples from her collection for our audiences to enjoy,” says exhibit organizer Luisa Fumagalli.

For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715.386.2305, ext. 103.