Metropolitan Fair recalls the Civil War ladies’ fairs that raised millions of dollars for Union and Confederate soldiers’ hospitals. The largest extravaganza was New York City’s Metropolitan Fair held in Union Square in 1864. Women from the Carolinas to California orchestrated fundraisers to sell needlework and handmade items at tables staffed by volunteer sales clerks permitted to be quite flirtatious for the cause. The prints in Metropolitan Fair recall calicoes and dress goods of the war years. Each print is named for an exhibit. The collection is a stroll through exhibit halls from the Knickerbocker Kitchen that celebrated New York’s Dutch past to the Old Curiosity Shop.
Metropolitan Fair, designed by Barbara Brackman for MODA
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