Avery House Costume Collection
Associate Professor of Costume Design Anne Medlock of West Texas A&M examines a piece from the historic costume collection at the Avery House
Creating Patterns from Historic Collections
Associate Professor of Costume Design Anne Medlock visits the Avery House with a grant from the Center for the Study of the American West to study clothing pieces from the 1900’s in order to recreate patterns and costumes for the upcoming theater production A Flea in Her Ear at West Texas A&M showing February 8-17, 2018
“Typically, we would take the garment apart to figure out how it was made, and create a pattern out of it,” Medlock said. She can’t do that with these historical pieces -- instead, she is examining each piece and taking detailed notes, drawings and measurements.
She will take her notes back to West Texas A&M and create patterns and fine-tune them with muslin recreations of the garments. After perfecting the patterns, she will distribute the patterns to her costume design students to sew costumes for the A Flea in Her Ear production.
Medlock is studying French fashion from the early 1900’s for the production. She is able to study French fashion here with Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s collection and at two other museum collections in Texas because the fashion in America was heavily influenced by France at the time.
“If a piece wasn’t created in France, it was created at home or in a factory here by someone who studied their fashion,” she said.
After the theater production, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas will display the original pieces along with Medlock’s patterns, her muslin recreations, and the final costume recreations used in the theater production.
See the collection
Interested in seeing pieces yourself? Stop by the Avery House Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4 PM or call to arrange a group tour
The mission of the Poudre Landmarks Foundation is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area and envisions a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past. PLF manages two historic properties owned by the City of Fort Collins: The 1879 Avery House and the 1883 Water Works.