Morris Museum Announces New Exhibition On the Head and In the Hand: 200 Years of Hats and Purses

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MORRISTOWN, NJ.- The Morris Museum unveiled its rich costume collection to present an exhibition of 87 hats and 52 purses representative of style eras from the 1770’s to the 1970’s. On the Head and In the Hand: 200 Years of Hats and Purses from the Morris Museum Collection opened on March 31 and is on view through September 25, 2011. Twenty Judith Leiber bags from a private collection will also be on view as of April 8, 2011. The museum’s Costume Curator, Elizabeth Laba, describes the exhibition as illustrating the changes in fashion, fine design and craftsmanship in both hats and purses over the last 200 years, which accompanied the changing role of women. Hats were a standard element of women’s attire until the late 20th century, when the social changes of the 1960’s led to more casual styles. The purses in the exhibition are smaller than today’s structured, larger bags, which became more p