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Unlike other exhibits, this gallery
avoids using ornate mannequins
which tend to distract the
viewer's eyes from the clothing.
Interestingly, at the end of the
exhibit there are no bright flashy
flapper clothes, rather dresses
that are stylish to the twenties,
and those that older women
would have worn.
The beauty of this fascinating
exhibit is the fact that the visitor
can spend a short time or
several hours depending on the
"The casual visitor can
complete the exhibit in 15
minutes," said Lyon. "Others may
want to take more time."
Detroit Historical Commission
President Emeritus and active
member in the Jewish
community, Leonard Simons says
he was the first person to
introduce the idea of a costume
gallery in Detroit several years
"My wife and I took a trip to
London a long time ago," he
explains. "We made a stop in
York, where we saw one of the
greatest historical museums
"I thought it was so wonderful,
that we should have one in
Detroit," he said. "So I had
some involvement way back, but
I can't take all the credit."
"I think the Booth-Wilkinson
Costume Gallery is well done, as
well as a great place for people
to see fashion and history under
the same roof."
The exhibition is housed in the
Booth-Wilkinson Costume Gallery,
located on the second floor of
the Detroit Historical Museum,
The gallery was made possible
by contributions from the John L.
Booth and Warren S. Wilkinson
families of Grosse Pointe, with
additional funding from the
McGregor Fund and the Matilda
R. Wilson Foundation, both of
The hours are Wednesday-
Saturday 9:30-5. There is no fee
to enter the exhibit.
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