Wearing Our Social Values on Our Sleeve
Fairfield’s fashions are an example of international trends, reflecting social, technological, and artistic movements throughout American women’s history. The Fairfield Museum’s remarkable costume collection features styles that signal transitions in high fashion, as well as the evolving social roles of and expectations on of women of privilege. This exhibition illustrates 200 years of social evolution through iconic floral and botanical-inspired dresses and demonstrates the timeless crafts of weaving, printing, embroidery, and applique.
"Fashion, embodying new social values, emerged as a key site of confrontation between tradition and change." -Katherine Aaslestad
These dresses illustrate the sensibilities of their eras, the turning of social tides, and shifting women’s roles over time. Female power – or lack thereof – is expressed through fashion, whether it be the soft naturalism of the late 18th century, the decadent elegance of 19th-century Victorians, or the wild and bold patterns of the Swingin’ Sixties.
“Floral Expressions: 200 Years of Women’s Power Through Fashion”
runs from January 18, 2021 – October 10, 2021 and is open for all ages.
The Fairfield Museum looks forward to sharing this beautiful exhibit. The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT and is open every day from 10am to 4pm. Admission for Museum Members is free, non-member adults are $5, students and seniors $3, and kids under 5 are free. Become a Fairfield Museum member for only $30 and enjoy free admission plus many other benefits.
Special thanks to Chris Nevins and Kathy Craughwell-Varda.