Eastern Connecticut State University

01/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2019 08:44

Windham Textile & History Museum to Feature Work of Remarkable Dressmaker

[Attachment]Written by Jordan Corey

Willimantic, CT (01/09/2019) - The remarkable life of Sidonia Perlstein, Holocaust survivor and clothing designer, will be on display at the Windham Textile and History Museum from Feb.8-April 28. 'Sidonia's Thread: Crafting a Life from Holocaust to High Fashion' will showcase up to 50 garments created by Perlstein during her years in America.

'Sidonia's Thread' will also display information about Perlstein's personal history through narrative text and family photographs. Anya Sokolovskaya, assistant professor of theatre and costume design at Eastern Connecticut State University, collaborated with Perlstein's daughter, Hanna Marcus, to bring the exhibition to life.

Sokolovskaya learned of Perlstein's fascinating life in 2017, at a book talk delivered by Marcus, who is an author and social worker. 'That's when I learned that Hanna (Marcus) is in possession of a garment collection that was made by Sidonia (Perlstein),' said Sokolovskaya, who is also working with Eastern students on the project.

Garments from the collection will be placed on mannequins to help tell the story of their creator. Other items will illuminate the historical context of the exhibition and explore themes of humanity, including the role of immigration, the effects of Holocaust survival, single parenthood, family loss, and the role of textiles in the development of New England. Audio recordings of stories about Perlstein, narrated by her daughter, will be presented as well.

Marcus will give talks about her mother and 'Sidonia's Thread' at the Temple Bnai Israel in Willimantic on Jan. 13 from 2-4 p.m.; Eastern Connecticut State University on Feb. 13 from 3-4 p.m.; and at the Mansfield Library on March 23 at 2 p.m.

This project is funded by the Hochberg Committee for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at theTemple Bnai Israel; Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Windham Textile and History Museum; and the CSU-AAUP 2018-19 University Research Grant.

The Windham Textile and History Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $7; students and seniors (62+) pay $5; and free for museum members, children under 5 years old, and Eastern students. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected]