We Were Hanging by a Thread – Ann Brownfield

Book Event: Sunday, September 15 @ 2:00 pm

Ann Brownfield, curator of the Kansas City Garment District Museum, examines this important piece of local industry in a discussion of her new book We Were Hanging by a Thread at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th Street. Learn more and RSVP here


Historic Garment District Museum displays vintage fashions

BY LISA GUTIERREZ, The Kansas City Star
August 7, 2013

Tucked inside the brick building at 801 Broadway — across from the park with the 22-foot sculpture of a needle — is a museum that every local fashionista should know. Read more here

KC Garment District Museum holds key to fashion history

NBC Action News
February 20, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Garment District Museum sits at West 8th Street and Broadway, in the heart of downtown. Ann Brownfield is the museum’s curator, but she also has first-hand knowledge of what used to be in the area. The garment factories of Kansas City began to pop up on the upper floors of dry goods companies in the 1920s. After World War I, the men coming back from overseas didn’t want to go back to farm life after seeing the big cities of Europe. read the full article


Garment District group dedicates sculpture, opens museum

Kansas City Business Journal
October 4, 2002

Kansas City’s Historic Garment District Group and other city officials dedicated a 16-foot sculpture Friday morning at 8th and Bank streets and opened the Garment District Museum at 8th and Broadway. read the full article


Curator to Examine Historic Hat Collection

MAY 18, 2010

Kansas City, MO – Historic Garment District Museum founder explores designer hats from the 1920s to the 1960s. Since the beginnings of history, people have been using some sort of head covering to protect themselves from the elements. Over time, head coverings have changed shape and material, from crowns worn by royalty to protective helmets. Fashionable hats have been documented for eons, and after 1700, were firmly established as haute couture. read the full article