Geneva H. Bell Textile Collection

Title

Geneva H. Bell Textile Collection

Subject

Textiles.
African Americans--Kentucky--Louisville.

Description

The textiles of Geneva Howard Bell (1905-2013) became a part of The Filson’s museum collection in mid-2015. Geneva was the wife of Dr. Jesse B. Bell, a nationally-recognized physician and prominent figure in Kentucky’s African American community. Dr. Bell was the first African American physician to practice at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. Both Geneva and Dr. Bell worked tirelessly to improve health and education for Kentucky children. Geneva was an active member of Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church and a teacher in the Louisville Public School System.

The collection consists of twenty-eight pieces varying from shift dresses to hats, accessories and outerwear. The items represent fashions from the 1960s-80s and are a wonderful compliment to the Jesse B. Bell Photograph Collection (006PC5); Jesse Bennett Bell (1904-1998) Papers, 1924-1998 (Mss. A B433 1-21); and the Dr. Bell portrait (1999.13.1). The textiles were processed in May 2015 by Filson volunteer and museum professional Jennifer Spence.

The following gallery highlights only a portion of the collection; researchers may visit The Filson and view the remaining items digitally through PastPerfect, The Filson’s museum software database.

Creator

Bell, Geneva

Source

Geneva H. Bell Collection

Publisher

The Filson Historical Society

Date

ca. 1960-1980s

Rights

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Format

dresses (garments)

Type

Still Image

Collection Items

Bespoke knit faux-wrap dress
This custom dress is a knit faux-wrap style dress of rose colored synthetic fabric and gold metallic thread. The dress has a V-neck front opening, elbow length sleeves, and a removable rose pink belt (2015.28.1b). The skirt is a simple A-line with…

Jainson's international sequined and beaded evening jacket
Sequined and beaded evening jacket with silver sequin discs sewn all over the garment. The direction of the sequins changes in spots, most notably on the sleeves and upper back. The cuffs, waist, front opening, and neck opening are finished in a band…

Jainson's international sequined and beaded evening jacket, detail
Sequined and beaded evening jacket with silver sequin discs sewn all over the garment. The direction of the sequins changes in spots, most notably on the sleeves and upper back. The cuffs, waist, front opening, and neck opening are finished in a band…

Utah tailoring mills bespoke jacket
This long, collarless jacket custom made by Utah Tailoring Mills has plaid and checkered patterns of red, green, and blue intermittent with gold chains and acanthus leaves on a black ground. The neck opening, front opening, and two front pocket flaps…

Utah Tailoring Mills bespoke jacket, detail
This long, collarless jacket custom made by Utah Tailoring Mills has plaid and checkered patterns of red, green, and blue intermittent with gold chains and acanthus leaves on a black ground. The neck opening, front opening, and two front pocket flaps…

Utah Tailoring Mills bespoke shift dress
Custom-made shift dress by Utah Tailoring Mills that features two polka dot patterns. The dress has long cuffed sleeves and two ties that can tie around the neck into a bow. There is back zipper and bright red lining for the dress. A tan leather belt…

Custom Tailoring Label from Utah Tailoring Mills
Tailoring label for the custom-made shift dress by Utah Tailoring Mills that features two polka dot patterns. The dress has long cuffed sleeves and two ties that can tie around the neck into a bow. There is back zipper and bright red lining for the…

Utah Tailoring Mills bespoke suede coat
Bespoke coat of light pink suede with a matching polyester/rayon lining made by Utah Tailoring Mills. A single large button on pearlized light pink plastic is sewn at the front opening.

Utah Tailoring Mills bespoke suede coat, detail -- front
Bespoke coat of light pink suede with a matching polyester/rayon lining made by Utah Tailoring Mills. A single large button on pearlized light pink plastic is sewn at the front opening.

Utah Tailoring Mills bespoke suede coat, detail -- reverse
Bespoke coat of light pink suede with a matching polyester/rayon lining made by Utah Tailoring Mills. A single large button on pearlized light pink plastic is sewn at the front opening.
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