Victorian Lady: Dressing from Corset to Gloves Text Size

Event takes place on May 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM
Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street

Dressing in the Victorian Era was a complex affair.  For women, especially, their multilayered ensembles were expected to conform to the demands of fashion and propriety, which varied with the occasion, season, and time of day.  Then as now, many women had to meet these demands on a budget.  What was involved in getting dressed?  How long did it take?  How did women on a budget still dress “respectably?”
Fashion historian and performance artist Kandie Carle will be at the Holyoke Public Library on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 AM to introduce the components of a lady’s ensemble and demonstrate the process of getting dressed. She will explain how each piece was worn, as well as when and where it was appropriate. Throughout the presentation Ms. Carle will share insights into the clothing, lifestyle, manners, etiquette and customs of men, women and children in the Victorian Era. For her demonstration/performance, Ms. Carle draws on many years of research in social history and fashion as well as her longtime work in theater. 
In advance of the event, photographs and illustrations from the Holyoke History Room collections depicting men’s and women’s fashion in the 19th century are on exhibit in the Third Floor Gallery of the Library.  Also on exhibit are ladies’ accessories generously loaned from Wistariahurst Museum. 
This event is sponsored by the Holyoke History Room. For more information about the History Room, visit our website at or call (413) 420-8107. The History Room is open for research on Tuesdays from 10:00AM -6:00PM, Wednesdays from 12:00-6:00PM, and Thursdays 10:00AM-4:00PM. 

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