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Wikipedia Image of the Week #8


Did you know that we have over 120,000 objects in our collection, but only 10% are on display at any given time? In the Wikipedia Image of the Week series, our curators will share the stories behind some of our most extraordinary objects that you might not otherwise have a chance to see.

Why Wikipedia? Well, to share these objects with more people, we've photographed dozens of objects and donated the images for use in Wikipedia articles. Read the first Wikipedia Image of the Week blog to learn more about why and how we have donated over 264 images to Wikipedia. 

This week, learn about our Poodle Skirt and Matching Collar from American Collection curator Janna Bennett …

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Images: cc by-sa 3.0 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis 

  • Accession Number: 2002.35.1.1-.2
  • Year: 1950s

Youth culture had become a recognizable market in the 1950s and young people spent most of their money on clothes and entertainment. Many fashionable young girls who followed the latest trends bought poodle skirts to wear to sock hops where they would jitterbug to the tunes by Haley and Elvis with their skirts swirling around them.

Poodle skirts, or circle skirts, are mid-calf length skirts made from a variety of fabrics with an attached felt applique such as a poodle. The variety of appliques was endless and included flowers, records, and cars. The poodle skirt in our collection includes a matching collar that would be worn over a blouse to complete the look.

Want to learn even more about our collections? Browse the blog's Wikipedia category to catch up on past Wikipedia Images of the Week or read more on the Museum Collection page!


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