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Downtown museum producing pop-up fashion event

May 30, 2018
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All-American Girls Professional Baseball League uniform
A uniform from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, circa 1952-1954. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

A museum downtown is offering a rare glimpse at its fashion collection at a temporary pop-up event this weekend.

On June 1-2, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors to the Grand Rapids Public Museum will get the opportunity to see how the museum’s clothing collection is photographed, cataloged and documented for the museum’s online database, grpmcollections.org.

The photography station will be at the museum's main floor galleria, where staff will photograph items such as swimsuits, children's clothing and athletic wear.

Visitors will get the chance to learn the process of researching garments to find out how they were worn. They will also be able to dress mannequins for photographs.

The museum is cataloging its 5,600-item clothing inventory from the 19th and 20th centuries, which includes military uniforms, women’s clothing, wedding attire and women’s athletic wear.

The project is supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services: Museums for America grant program.

Grand Rapids Public Museum was awarded a $99,600 grant in 2017 to help improve the physical management of the fashion collection by consolidating it into the museum's climate-controlled collection storage facility and re-housing individual pieces.

The pop-up fashion collection is included with the museum's general admission fee.

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