Reform, Women, and Fashion: Changes in Women’s Daywear from 1840-1920

Wallace Gallery, 108b Wallace Hall | Interdisciplinary Events

March 6, 2020 at 9:00am - April 24, 2020 at 5:00pm

This exhibit features dress items that illustrate changes in fashion that point towards women’s liberation, by featuring active/sporting attire, such as a late 19th century riding habit, a 1920s swimsuit, a pair of field hockey bloomers, and a Chanel-style sportswear ensemble.

In addition to these practical, less-restrictive styles, several daywear ensembles from the mid to late 1800s and evening wear ensembles from 1900 to 1920 will be featured to serve as points of comparison and to illustrate that the trend toward relaxation in women's dress, which was most applicable to daywear.  

Curators: 
Dina Smith-Glaviana , Director of the Oris Glisson Historic and Costume Collection at VA Tech
Ashley Webb, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Historical Society of Western Virginia 

Curatorial Assistants: 
Janet Wimmer, Nicky Cruz, and Spring 2020 History of Costume Students

Other events of interest

May 2 - Performing History: Women and the Vote

Admission

Free; no reservation required

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