Decorative Arts & Design History

Smithsonian Associates in partnership with
The George Washington University

Mary Doering

Mary Doering

Costume history


Costume historian Mary Doering is also a noted collector who has been a curator and a lender to several exhibitions. In addition to the classes she teaches for the MA History of Decorative Arts Program, she has lectured on a wide range of costume history topics for museums, historic houses and organizations.

Recent Exhibitions:

Dolley Madison's Life Through Fashion: Dressing the Part (James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA), June 2011-April 2012. Curator/Lender

Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War (Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD), Opened April 2011. Lender

Titanic Fashions: High Style in the 1910s (Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum and the Hanover Area Historical Society, Hanover, PA), March-April 2012. Lender 

From Fiber to Fashion: The Fabric of Early Cumberland County (Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA), March-October 2011. Lender

Four Hundred Years of Accessories (Wilton House, Richmond, VA), March 2011. Curator/Lender

Recent Presentations

“Children’s Clothing 1750-1950” (Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.) December 17, 2011.

“Fashions from the Era of Dolley Madison” (James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange, VA in conjunction with the Costume Society) November 12, 2011.

“Women’s Clothing During the Civil War” (Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD), October 2, 2011.

“The History of the Color Green in Fashion" (Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.), August 21, 2011.

“Four Hundred Years of Accessories” (Wilton House, Richmond, VA in conjunction with the Costume Society), March 12, 2011.

“Eighteenth-Century Men’s Waistcoats” (Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.), December 18, 2010.