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Six weeks of style with the National Archives

Get ready to put your best fashion foot forward—and take a step back into the trends of the past—with the National Archives!

This fall, the Foundation for the National Archives is partnering with DC Fashion Week to host the opening night. This semiannual event was originally created to spotlight the nation’s capital as a dynamic center of international fashion. The National Archives’ current exhibition, “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” highlights the many ways people have made their mark on American history—from signature styles to signatures on groundbreaking laws.

Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary, DC Fashion Week continues to serve as DC’s premier apparel trade show. Featuring the collections of emerging U.S. and established international designers alike, DC Fashion Week will showcase major upcoming trends for spring and summer 2015.

The opening night event for DC Fashion Week will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. in the National Archives Rotunda, with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Tickets will be available through DCFW later this month.

More information regarding opening night will be posted on our various social media platforms in the coming weeks.

To help us get into a fashion frame of mind for this exciting event, the National Archives will be celebrating with six weeks of style. Keep your eyes out every Monday for new Pieces of History posts that will share the stories behind some of our most fashionable—and fascinating—holdings here at the National Archives.

Every week will focus on a distinct decade or era of fashion with fun themes, from Revolutionary War: Fashion during America’s Fight for Freedom to Get Your 1970s Groove On. You can follow these themes more closely as we spotlight a different fashion-related record daily on the U.S. National Archives Tumblr blog.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest account throughout these next six weeks for fun, fashion-related postings as well! There will be a new Pinterest board that corresponds with the decade or theme featured on both Tumblr and Pieces of History that week.

We hope you are excited for our fantastic fashion records as we begin to showcase the numerous “signature styles” from the National Archives.

Photograph of First Lady Betty Ford with designers Donna Karan, Donald Brooks, Albert Capraro, Kasper, Kay Unger, Chester Weinberg; Liz Claiborne, Shannon Rodgers, Leo Narducci, Anthony Muto, and Calvin Klein, 03/29/1976. (National Archives Identifier 7347181)

Photograph of First Lady Betty Ford with designers Donna Karan, Donald Brooks, Albert Capraro, Kasper, Kay Unger, Chester Weinberg, Liz Claiborne, Shannon Rodgers, Leo Narducci, Anthony Muto, and Calvin Klein, 03/29/1976. (National Archives Identifier 7347181)

Post updated 8-18-2014

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