About the Cloaks Archives
The Consolidated Clothing and Costumes Archives (Cloaks) provides web support for several collections of garments associated, primarily, with university and professional theatrical costume programs. It is an extension of the Costar web archive that was used for several years by the graduate program in Costume Production associated with the Department of Dramatice Art at UNC in Chapel Hill NC and the PlayMakers Repertory Company. Costar features a remarkable collection of nineteenth century garments from Europe and the United States. In the initial release of Cloaks in the fall of 2008 Costar was joined by Nowes Ark, a collection of garments from outside the western tradition .
Please see the Cloaks Users Guide page for information and instructions about how to use the site effectively.
The Structure of the Archives
There is a common structure for all the archives. Each one has
Notes About: The Date of a Garment
Determining what date to assign to a garment can be quite challenging. There are of course relatively standardized eras in western clothing. But what was au courant in Paris one season may go on sale in Des Moines, not to mention central North Carolina, a bit later. So, Cloaks assigns each garment to a range of dates. And Cloaks support searching with a range of dates. If the range of the search overlaps the range of the garment, that is treated as a match.
We welcome inquiries from clothing and costume collections curious about being include in Cloaks.
This is version 2.3.0 of the Costar software.
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