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Garibaldis, Engageantes and Cages: American Fashions of the Civil War Era, 1840-1870
February 7, 2008 — August 6, 2008

From our original press release:
The Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum is pleased to announce its new exhibit: Garibaldis, Engageantes and Cages: American Fashions of the Civil War Era, 1840-1870, which will run through August 6, 2008.

The Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum has a choice selection of men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories from the mid-nineteenth century, many of which have not previously been on exhibit. Items from private and museum collections further enrich the display.

"This exhibit," director Dr. Karin J. Bohleke explains, "explores both the everyday and special moments in civilian life through clothing: courtship, weddings, the arrival of children, the changing seasons, and mourning loved ones. The clothing reveals a mix of practical and common-sense styles mingled with garments of incredible beauty and design." With a touch of humor, Bohleke adds that, of course, there will be an underwear display: "Visitors will leave knowing exactly what 'Victorians’ secrets' were hidden under those voluminous skirts."

The public is invited to attend the exhibit opening, which will be held Thursday February 7, 2008, from 2:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m., and which will also feature period foods to sample.

Woman’s evening or dinner dress trimmed with silk-satin ruching, 1865-1867. (S1982-64-281 Wm. Penn)