The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department operates and manages the Historic Garment District Museum of Kansas City, located in the heart of the old Garment District, in DST’s Poindexter building at 801 Broadway between 6th and 11th streets and Washington and Wyandotte streets. Street parking is available.
Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is FREE.
Historic Garment District Museum Hours
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
And by appointment Wednesday-Friday; for special appointments, please contact Kate Warfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas City Museum has acquired more than 300 Kansas City-made garments and accessories from the Historic Garment District Museum, which was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Ann and Harvey operated the museum since its opening with public hours on Saturdays and special tours by appointment.
In 2015, Ann and Harvey decided to retire from the daily operations of the museum. Along with donating the collection, they requested that the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department operate the Historic Garment District Museum at its current Broadway location, which includes establishing new open hours for the public, developing programs and exhibitions, and managing the collection. The Garment District Place Park, dedicated in 2010 by Parks and Recreation, is located across Broadway from the museum. The park has a fountain and a 22-foot “Needle” sculpture as tribute to the Garment District’s legacy.
Many of the buildings nearby the Historic Garment District Museum date back to the 1870s and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The manufacture of coats, suits, dresses, hats, and children’s wear started on the upper floors of the wholesale dry goods buildings in the early 1920s. After World War I and through the 1940s, the area employed more than 4,000 people and boasted that one out of every seven women in the United States purchased a Kansas City-made garment. Manufacturing of garments was the second largest employer of any industry in Kansas City, Mo.
The Historic Garment District Museum’s collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which is comprised of more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE HISTORIC GARMENT DISTRICT MUSEUM
Fashioning Kansas City Icons: The Art & Inspiration of Heidi Herrman, Steve Gibson & Amina Marie Hood
ON VIEW SATURDAY, MAY 14 THROUGH SATURDAY, July 16 (Historic Garment District Museum)
Exhibition Opening Reception on Thursday, May 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. RSVP required to Paul Gutierrez at email@example.com and (816) 513-0726.
The Kansas City Museum collaborates with Kansas City fashion designer Heidi Herrman and Amina Marie Millinery to present Fashioning Kansas City Icons: The Art & Inspiration of Heidi Herrman, Steve Gibson & Amina Marie Hood. This exhibition—the first of it’s kind at the Historic Garment District Museum—features contemporary dresses and collaborative hats from Herrman’s “KC Icons Collection” alongside a display of Gibson’s photos showcasing the dresses and their icons reunited. A selection of historical Kansas City-made garments from the Museum’s collection will also be on display.
Created as an ode to Kansas City, Heidi Herrman’s “KC Icons Collection” is comprised of ten hand-crafted dresses with images, created by photographer Steve Gibson, of Kansas City’s iconic monuments and institutions (TWA headquarters, Power & Light Building, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Union Station, etc.). Each dress is paired with a hat designed by Amina Marie Hood. The collection of wearable art debuted at the 2015 West 18th Street Fashion Show and the 2015 KC Fashion Week.
By bringing together contemporary and historical garments, Fashioning Kansas City Icons: The Art & Inspiration of Heidi Herrman, Steve Gibson & Amina Marie Hood pays homage to Kansas City and its once vibrant and vital downtown garment district, while also celebrating the City’s innovative and growing fashion industry.