Celebrate Festivals in Natchitoches

Vintage Garment Exhibit

As part of the Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts’ 30th anniversary, the Orville Hanchey Art Gallery will present an exhibit of vintage garments from the book, “Forties and Fifties Fashion for the Stage” by Jessica Parr, professor costume design

A reception and book signing will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Gallery. The exhibition will continue through Feb. 22.

Parr was inspired to write the book by two generous vintage clothing donations from the Hogg and Luster families. The collection of Becky Bill Page Luster spans the 1940s and 1950s while the collection of Thelma Louise Firestone Hogg includes garments from the 50s through the 70s. 

Many garments were made by Thelma Louise Firestone Hogg’s mother, a talented Atlanta dressmaker. Many of these dresses continue to be worn by family and friends for special occasions. Great granddaughter Sophia Hogg will wear one such gown for the reception. 

In addition to charming dresses, the exhibit features hats on loan from the Hogg and Luster family’s private collections. 

Parr’s research for “Forties and Fifties Fashion for the Stagelead her to the University’s yearbook, The Potpourri.  Many of The Potpourri’s photographs are displayed in the exhibit and throughout the book. Each of these photographs depicts real people wearing real outfits to real events. Parr was excited to find so much valuable research from a local source. 

Orville Hanchey Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday.  For more information, contact Parr at parrj@nsula.edu

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Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Feb 22 2019.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
Hanchey Gallery, 140 Central Avenue, Natchitoches, LA 71497