Win Tickets ($20): Ball Gowns to Bloomers: Spotlight on the Clothing Collection @ Pittock Mansion | Discover Daily History Through the Fashion We Wore

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ball Gowns to Bloomers: Spotlight on the Clothing Collection @ Pittock Mansion. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 20.

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From our sponsors:
Ball Gowns To BloomersBall Gowns to Bloomers: Spotlight on the Clothing Collection
July 18th – November 15th
10am – 5pm July & August
11am – 4pm September – November
Adults $10, Seniors $9, Youth $7, Under 6 Free
More info: pittockmansion.org

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210

Clothing is one of the most immediate expressions to the world of who we are. We use our clothing to communicate gender, class, economic level, personality, and whether we are at work or play. Ball Gowns to Bloomers: Spotlight on the Clothing Collection on view at Pittock Mansion explores what clothing can tell us through selections from our historic clothing collection.

From an evening dress adorned with beads and lace to a utilitarian duster coat worn as a shield from the dirt of the open road, selections in Ball Gowns to Bloomers provide a tangible look into the daily lives of the people who wore them and the people who made them.

See the dramatic changes in fashion, culture, and technology during the late 1800s and early 1900s through this curated collection of antique garments and accessories. Discover how the idealized female silhouette changed from curvy and voluptuous to a flat and boyish; how the well-off made statements of wealth with fragile silks, frills, embroidery and beading compared to what the working class wore; how ready-to-wear clothing became a wardrobe staple in the 20th century and more!

For more information on exhibits, tours, and programs, please visit our website

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): Ball Gowns to Bloomers: Spotlight on the Clothing Collection @ Pittock Mansion | Discover Daily History Through the Fashion We Wore

  1. Aleksandra Snyder July 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    I love historical dress. This would be neat to see at the Pittock Mansion.

  2. Lynn July 9, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    The Pittock Mansion is so mysterious and romantic…I would love to win these tickets and attend this event!

  3. Renee July 10, 2015 at 6:25 am #

    Historical fashion has crept up on me as a new passion. I am fascinated by the creativity and the related era. Would love to see this show in this setting.

  4. Jasmine Rain July 10, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Once upon a time I used to run a small business of clothing and home goods made from refashioned upcycled fabrics. One of the lines I had was titled Bloomers: Let your skirts fly high! As fascinated as I am with fashion history (I use to have an entire bookcase full of books-until I sold them all for a plane ticket to India) I did a little research and discovered bloomers were invented by a woman named Amelia Bloomer and she wanted to encourage woman to ride their bicycles and remain modest. The clothing line while mostly defunct today is still a great attestment to the idea of modesty while letting your skirts…well fly high. I would love to see this show for the very reason that I love history and fashion and have never actually been inside the Pittock Mansion.

  5. Heidi July 10, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    I’m always fascinated and amazed at the teeny tiny sizes of vintage clothing! Its been ages since I’ve been to Pittock…

  6. Julie July 10, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    I love the Pittock Mansion, and have never been there for an actual event. Fashion- particularly women’s fashion- is fascinating in the way it’s constantly changing and evolving. My sister-in-law and I would love to attend this together!

  7. Amy Q July 10, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I’m a quilter, and I’ve repaired / completed a couple of antique, damaged quilt tops dating back to the mid-1800s. I take every opportunity I can to learn about how fabrics were used, and what they looked like, at multiple points in time. It helps me learn how fabrics behave in the long run, whether they’re in clothing or a quilt.

  8. Chelsea Rose July 10, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I have always been inspired by the fashions of the 18-1900s and it tends to show in many of my paintings. I would love to attend, bring my sketch book and take in the exhibit with the hungry eyes of an artist looking for that creative spark! I live so close to the Pittock it’s kinda strange I have yet to explore…now is the time.

  9. earl dizon July 10, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    I’d never been inside Pittock. I didn’t realize they had exhibits!

  10. Annie July 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    I am obsessed with the Victorian era. I would be so excited to see this exhibit.

  11. david July 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    my girlfriend’s a native and has yet to explore the pittock mansion: this would be a dream experience, as she happens to be in fashion and very much on the forefront in women’s fashion. yes, please!

  12. Lisa July 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I love the pittock and all of its history. This would be an amazing event to attend.

  13. Julia July 12, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I once did the research for a history of Las Vegas fashion exhibit for UNLV. After that, I feel in love with fashion history and what people wore during various eras was directly impacted by the events of the time. I decided to go into education, but almost chose instead to get a masters in public history with a focus on fashion history. I would love to go see this exhibition. It’s definitely one of my biggest passions.

  14. Gina July 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I’ve always been interested in the history of fashion. This would be so amazing to see up close!

  15. Christina July 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    This would be awesome. My grandparents took me to something like this when I was little. Would love to take my son <3

  16. Ann July 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    I would love to see this exhibit. Winning tickets would “force” me to put it on my schedule.

  17. Christina July 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    This looks amazing.

  18. ~ Karen ~ July 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    I love historical clothing and historical houses!! It would be fabulous to win those tickets!!

  19. Kristy Alberty July 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I would love to attend this event, and even photograph some of the examples on display.

    We’ve been curious about the hiking trail between the estate and the animal sanctuary located in the NW blocks.

    All in all, it sounds like a great time and we would appreciate the experience very much!
    Hope you see us as worthy recipients of the passes–we LOVE Pittock Mansion.

  20. Cathy July 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    I should enjoy being able to visit the Pittock Mansion to see this display of historical clothing.

  21. Teresa July 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Yes please! I want to get my Downton fashion fix on!

  22. E.A. July 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    When I was a little girl, the Pittock Mansion was a dream palace on a hill to me, and the fashions of that era were the garb of princesses. I would love to revisit my childhood fancies by attending this exhibit!

  23. Danielle July 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    I would love to check out this exhibit

  24. Beth July 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    This sounds like the coolest exhibit!! A hike up to the Pittock mansion and a tour of clothing through history would make for an amazing day. I would love to go!

  25. Ellen July 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    My daughter and I would love to take my niece to see this…a Girls’ Weekend would be great!!!

  26. Lindsey S July 17, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    As a beginner fashion blogger, I truly appreciate the history of fashion and how styles and trends have changed throughout time. There are so many ways to get inspired from the past: gowns, fabrics, styles, cuts and beyond, and I would love to bring my best friend and fellow fashionista with me to admire the historic fashion! I’d be honored to experience my first exhibit at Pittock Mansion to boot.

  27. Lynn Elsdon July 17, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    I love Fashion! It is so very personal. We all have our own taste! I would love to go.

  28. Kristin July 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    As a writer I am always looking for inspiration. The chance to view a collection like this would be so inspiring! To delve into the past, incite the imagination, and foster creativity would be amazing.

  29. Shadow Rose July 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Pittock Mansion.

  30. Lisa July 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    This would be a really neat show to go see, I would love to go!

  31. Chelsea Ingle July 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    I studied historical costume in college and am considering pursuit of a Masters Degree in Costume Studies. My great great grandmother Eliza Barchus was a nationally recognized Oregon painter during this time period and had a daughter who designed costumes for the traveling arts. I would love the chance to travel back in time at the exhibit!

  32. Susan S July 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    I have always been interested in history, and costume is an important reflection
    of an era. Whether it’s an apron or a ball gown, millinery or footwear, we can learn so much about a society from the clothing. I really, really would love to attend this exhibit! Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. KC July 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    I am a costumer who would love to see this collection!

  34. Missy August 14, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Just be seeing everything that’s ‘hanging out’ on the street these days, we could use more bloomers! Would love to see the exhibit – the Pittock Mansion is such a Portland treasure

  35. WhenPigsFly August 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Sign me up, I’m just dying to visit the Mansion. For free would be the absolute best way.

  36. Faith August 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    I would love to see this, especially at Pittock Mansion!

  37. Amanda September 18, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    I love the romantic feeling of taking a stroll through antique textiles and garments. Seeing this exhibit would be a thrill.

  38. Nick October 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Looks like an good exhibit at a very appropriate and interesting venue.

  39. Nancy C. October 16, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    I am a history fanatic and one of the 1st things I did when I moved to this area (I would just drive around always getting lost) was drive up to the Pittock Mansion – I only walked around the grounds. But have a friend who just lost her mother, and a day at this beautiful piece of Portland’s past along with the gowns I believe would brighten up her day.

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