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From Cradle to Grave: Ages & Stages of 1800s Women's Clothing



October 26, 2021
6:30 pm

Illinois State Museum
502 S Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-7386

Free


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Join Curator of History Erika Holst to learn about historic clothing through the lens of an 1800s women's lifespan. As women passed through various life stages and roles - infants, children, unmarried women, brides, married women, widows, and older women - what clothing types did custom dictate they wear? What do these types of garments reveal about how society viewed women at different stages of their life? How did these roles and expectations evolve throughout her life?
This presentation will examine examples of historical clothing from the Illinois State Museum's historic garment collection. The exhibition is on view through March 31, 2022.