Friday, January 24, 2014

Folsom History Museums Announces New Exhibit: Slaves To Fashion

A provocative new exhibit at Folsom History Museum showcases the beautiful and extreme elements of style during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Standards of dress and behavior are explored in displays of antique apparel and artifacts from the museum’s collections and private loans.

Of special interest are the physically constraining corsets, hoops, and bustles that contorted the female figure to a fetishized form.

The complexities of sewing, laundering and wearing such intricate and restrictive clothing, and social norms that dictated appropriate public appearance may be surprising to contemporary visitors.

This lavish exhibit includes elaborate, exquisitely hand-worked dresses, undergarments, hats, fans and other accessories considered indispensable to the properly-attired woman’s wardrobe.

Slaves to Fashion runs from January 25 through March 30, 2014.

Folsom History Museum is located at 823 Sutter Street in the heart of historic old town. Hours are 11a.m. to 4p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with adult admission of $4, youth ages 12 -17 $2, and children below 12 admitted at no charge. Free parking is available on the street and within walking distance of the museum at the city garage.

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Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Folsom History Museum.

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