• March 7 (Wednesday)
    7 pm • Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona (1111 Victoria Street across Thomas Square)

    Historical Clothing with Gerdiene Baas Crocker

  • woman and girl wearing historical gowns  

    If you stop at East Honolulu Clothing Company in Waimanalo, you will probably see Gerdiene Baas Crocker drafting a pattern, cutting fabric, or helping someone create their own custom piece of clothing along side store owner Andrea Weymouth Fuije. Gerdiene is self taught in fashion design and construction, a passion that started with Barbies and Teddy Bears. She helped with costumes for many theatrical production in Hilo as a college student, and worked in Amsterdam as a costumer at a rental shop where she specialized in historical costumes. She has also made costumes for re- enactment groups, as well as teaching historical costuming to anyone interested to learn. Although being a working mom of a 4-year-old leaves little time to create new costumes, she makes at least a few new items each year. You may spot her at Halloween with the year’s newest creations.

    Join costumer Gerdiene Baas Crocker as she describes the design, construction, and wearing of an 18th century gown. Known as a robe à la française or Watteau gown, this style is typical for the French court of 1760–1770. Gerdiene will present some of her research that went into designing the gown, the materials and special sewing techniques, and will demonstrate how each piece is worn. She will also show some pieces from other eras to show how certain features change over time.