Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Astrida Schaeffer of Schaeffer Arts, join team.

Astrida Schaeffer of SchafferArts joins the Passion for Fashion team as our exclusive mannequin designer for items from the historic textile and costume collection at Strawbery Banke Museum. SchafferArts will also complete minor restoration and stabilization of garments needed for display. The team is looking forward to working with Astrida. Her custom designed mannequins for some of our children's clothes have been perennial favorites. The boy's sailor suit (ca. 1850s, homespun and handsewn) takes on a jaunty air, while the child's cooler with its detailed handsewn vandycks exudes youthful innocence. The custom-designed mannequins breath life into the past the clothes represent.

Astrida will begin work on Sarah Parker Goodwin's (wife of Ichabod Goodwin, New Hampshire's Civil War governor) Portsmouth Steam factory dress shortly. More to come.

"Children" photographed in Goodwin Mansion kitchen by Ellen McDermott, 2010

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