THEY WORE THAT?
The museum’s feature exhibit for 2017 is called “They Wore That?”--a backward glance at fashion over the past 100 years. Clothing has changed greatly since pioneer times, and the museum staff and Board of Directors has put together an exhibit that traces fashion styles from 1850 through 1970. The clothing and uniforms on display will show the museum visitor just how important fashion was during each of several time periods.
One of the oldest articles of clothing in the exhibit is a silk patchwork coat that is over 100 years old. This coat was handmade and shows the very intricate hand stitching of an extremely talented seamstress.
The exhibited clothing has been arranged by decades and incorporated into the museum’s permanent historical displays. Examples of both adult and children’s wear are featured. Some of the clothing from the turn of the century is very formal while the clothing styles featured for the 1950s and 60s are generally thought of as casual.
The clothing display also reflects the use of a variety of different fabrics. In pioneer times, wool and cotton were the fabrics of choice. However, by the turn of the century silk and satin was the preferred material for elegant dresses. By the 1960s, synthetic fabrics were all the rage, and most men’s wear of that period was made using polyester material. Also, during this period leather and sequined jackets became very popular.
To supplement the clothing the exhibit also includes an array of hats, ties, belts, gloves and jewelry. In the first half of the 20th century, it was not fashionable for a woman to appear in public without a hat, matching gloves and appropriate jewelry, and men wore wide ties, fancy belts and were rarely seen in public without a stylish hat.
The museum hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Layton Old Town
The museum's permanent exhibit features the history of Layton and is called "Layton Old Town." Artifacts, pictures and stories in this exhibit cover the development of Layton and surrounding communities from 1850 to the present. Native American artifacts tell the story of the area's first residents. Pioneer artifacts and photographs tell the story of the area's first white settlers. Artifacts and pictures from the area's first commercial ventures tell the story of the area's economic development from the first cottage industries to the most recent on-going businesses; and artifacts and historical pictures of the agricultural development of North Davis County tell a story of a vanishing way of life.