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The Littleton Museum offers many educational, musical, and historical activities throughout the year, as well as fine arts board and museum board meetings, special guest lectures and the wildly popular Friends' Craft Fair in October.

Secret Life of Clothes Exhibit Opens

The Secret Life of Clothes tells the everyday story of the “lifecycle” of clothes, focused on 1880-1910, and Today.

With over 8 billion people on Earth, one of the common threads that humans share is wearing clothes as a basic necessity for protection and also a means of self-expression. But when we think about clothing, it’s usually in connection to fashion and how and where the person is wearing their clothing, more often than not, outside of the home and irrespective of the origins of the very fabric the item is made of. While clothing began as a basic necessity to individuals who had a very intimate connection to the laborious process of its creation, care and storage, in more modern days, it has evolved into a highly accessible, but easily detached from and disposed of, means of societal expression.

The Secret Life of Clothes tells the everyday story of the “lifecycle” of clothes – the overlooked journey of clothing as a progression from fiber to finished garment, sale to storage, and finally to mending, disposal or reuse. This exhibit examines the purpose and need for different clothes, as well as the lifecycle processes over two distinct time periods as set in Colorado: 1880-1910, and modern day. Visitors will experience a variety of fashions, as well as the tools, materials, and context of how those clothes were made, worn, cared for, mended, and stored.

The exhibit also explores the future of clothing, considering the economic, cultural, and environmental impacts of the massive growth of the fast-fashion clothing industry and how, in response, new innovations are leading the way towards a more sustainable clothing lifecycle for future generations.

The Secret Life of Clothes opens on Thursday, November 4, 2021, and runs through Sunday, November 27, 2022.

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