Haven’t been posting on the blog in a while since I’ve been off on my annual summer buying trip. And in my travels I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Hillwood Mansion in Washington D.C and their Ingenue to Icon exhibit that features the amazing fashion of Hillwood’s previous owner, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Marjorie Post was a legendary socialite and philanthropist, who was also the founder of General Foods back in a time when it was extremely unusual for a woman to be the head of a company, especially a large company!
She purchased the Hillwood Estate in 1955 with the intention of it eventually becoming a museum. The mansion houses her extensive collection of Russian Imperial art and French decorative art. And the magnificent gardens span 25 acres.
Although I enjoyed touring the spectacular estate immensely, my favorite part was the wardrobe collection, of course!
Marjorie was quite the fashionista, and often changed her outfits up to four times a day. By the time she graduated from finishing school she had already amassed an impressive wardrobe. Her father, C.W. Post, the founder of Post Cereal, once said to her “You have more than double the clothes, shoes and stuff that any girl, no matter how rich, should have at seventeen!”
She loved to entertain and was known for her lavish parties and grandly decorated homes and sailing yacht. And even though she was once of the richest women in the world, she was always involved with helping those less fortunate.
The collection includes dresses and accessories from the Edwardian era to the late 1960s, many of which she had custom made.
Below are 41 photos I took of various outfits from the collection, along with some photos of the elegant and glamorous Marjorie.