2017-03-30 / Community News

Victorian fashion featured in exhibit

“Embellishments in Victorian Fashion,” an exhibit at Saco Museum held through May 13 through Aug. 27, and will focus on how nineteenth-century aesthetics influenced women’s clothing design and construction. An opening reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11.

It features forty-seven garments from five institutions in Maine and New Hampshire: Saco Museum, the Irma Bowen Textile Collection of the University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Historical Society, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Woodman Institute of Dover, New Hampshire. A variety of Victorian design concepts are examined in detail, including self-trim, color and texture contrasts, ruching, pleating, ribbon work and asymmetry.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire Museum, and is curated by textile historian Astrida Schaeffer. For more than two decades, Schaeffer has researched, re-organized, rehoused and cataloged the University of New Hampshire Museum’s Irma Bowen Textile Collection.

Schaeffer will present three programs during summer: Friday, June 16, 6 p.m., “A Curator’s Tour”; Friday, July 21, 6 p.m., “Three Dresses Up Close and Personal”; Friday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m., “How Victorians Got So Fancy.”

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