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Fairfield Museum Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At New Fashion Exhibit

A new exhibit, "In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion," will open July 18 at the Fairfield Museum.
A new exhibit, "In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion," will open July 18 at the Fairfield Museum. Photo Credit: Fairfield Museum

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Take a peek behind the scenes as the Fairfield Museum and History Center hosts "In Vogue: Vintage to Modern" on Wednesday afternoon.

The event, from noon to 2 p.m., brings Fashion Week to the Fairfield Museum. Museum curator Casey Lewis will give a preview of the new exhibit, "In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion."

The will be followed by lunch and a fashion show by Fairfield’s Jennifer Butler. View highlights from Butler’s fall 2013 collection, which draws inspiration from fashion elements of the past.

The exhibit opens July 18, featuring the fashion-forward women of Fairfield throughout the Colonial, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian Eras from 1780 to 1920. It will be shown through Jan. 5.

The pieces are pulled from the museum’s 100-year-old collection, highlighting fashion trends of the past such as cage hoop skirts, bustles and gigot sleeves so large a woman could barely turn their heads.

One highlight is a 1781 blue silk damask wedding gown worn by 14-year old Lucy Nichols, who married Fairfield Reverend Philo Shelton on April 15, 1781.

“White was not worn in weddings until Queen Victoria wore a white gown in her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert,” Lewis said in a statement. Exquisite hats, shoes and vintage prints from Godey’s Ladies magazine, Vogue and other fashion publications from 1850-1910 are also on display.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is located at 370 Beach Road. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit the museum's website .

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