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Saturday Snapshot: a few costumes from the Met

on July 7, 2018

When we were in NYC, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of my very favorite places! One of my top choices there is to see what’s in the basement area – the costume collection. They were having a special exhibit of vestments and clothing from different Popes and no one could take pictures of it (not sure why). However, I came across two other intriguing “costumes” in an exhibition of visitors to Versailles. With my obsession with history, I love reading about Versailles and the opulent life there. I took a picture of a ladies dress from a visitor (not only magnificent, but amazingly well preserved!):


I also took a picture of one of Ben Franklin’s suits. What struck me was that every picture or interpretation I’ve seen of Ben Franklin as an adult has him about 250-300 pounds (with the exception of his large statue at the Franklin Institute in Philly). While his suit was certainly a bit larger than those of his peers in the display, it really wasn’t very large at all (well, by American standards!): (no flash was allowed – sorry!)


I found these two costumes memorable!

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addendum: I just found online (if that’s to be trusted!) that the real Ben Franklin was 5’9 and 220 pounds.

3 responses to “Saturday Snapshot: a few costumes from the Met

  1. Great costumes…and photos. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. readerbuzz says:

    It is surprising that Ben Franklin’s clothes look so trim. He probably was considered a larger man back in his day.

    The dress is so bulky. I keep imagining myself having to wear a dress like that here where I live. Hot!

  3. Those exhibits must have been so much fun! I’d love to see them. It’s amazing to me that garments from so long ago have been so well preserved.
    My Saturday Snapshot post features ”Northwest Trek.”

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