A 1929 silk crepe evening dress with a bolero cape.
Nan Duskin. James Galanos. John Wanamaker. These notable Philadelphians— plus famed department stores Gimbels, Bonwit Teller, and Strawbridge & Clothier—tell a fashion fairy tale 100 years in the making at the James A. Michener Art Museum’s new show, “Philadelphia in Style,” March 13 to June 26. For its first-ever curated clothing exhibition, the Michener Museum turned to Drexel University’s vast archives for the collection of roughly 30 costumes and accessories either made or sold in Philly or worn by well-known women-about-town over the last century. “We looked for pieces that told good stories,” says Kirsten M. Jensen, Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest chief curator, noting a silk taffeta floral-print gown from the 1950s worn by Mrs. Arthur Pew as one such highlight. “This show has a regional, very personal context,” she says. “So visitors will recognize the names associated with many of the designs.” 138 W. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800