This series of garments was created for The Maryland Military Museum’s 2017 exhibit on John Hopkins Base 18 and WWI era nurse Bessie Baker.
After looking at several original images of Bessie Baker both prior to and during the War, I decided upon this design for her uniform.
The design of her uniform is actually a blend of her prewar nursing uniform, her war era uniform, an illustration found in a WWI era recruitment poster, and an extant JHH gown in the collection of John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.
Her cape is drawn directly from this one in the John Hopkins School of Medicine Archives.
In addition, I also created a nurse’s cap, armband, and located a pair of black shoes in the style of the pair shown in this period illustration.
This was by far my most heavily researched commission for 2016 but also one of the most fascinating.
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