Past Exhibitions

Nineteenth-Century Costume Treasures of the Fashion Archives and Museum

February 18, 2010 — December 10, 2010

Nineteenth-Century Costume Treasures of the Fashion Archives and Museum illustrates the evolution of fashion from 1800 to 1900 and the dramatic changes in silhouette that evolved from decade to decade. The collection features a number of important pieces, most of which have not been previously displayed.

Full-color exhibit catalog available for purchase.
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“Walking the Aisle in the Latest Style: Wedding Fashions from the Eighteenth Century to Today”

March-December 2016

The FA&M’s grand opening would not have been complete without an inaugural exhibit in the new facility in Davis House. “Walking the Aisle in the Latest Style: Wedding Fashions from the Eighteenth Century to Today” was open to the general public through December 15, 2016. This large installation featured over fifty mannequins and five cases […]

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“Through the Lens of the Beholder: The Fine Art of Fashion”

March-December 2017

“Through the Lens of the Beholder: The Fine Art of Fashion” was open through December 7, 2017. The exhibit featured a stunning array of garments and accessories from the 1830s to the 1990s—including designer and global fashions—that epitomized the art of dress in the details and construction. Large-scale and detail photographs interpreted and enhanced the […]

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Titanic Fashions: High Style in the 1910s

This 2012 exhibit coincided with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and highlighted the fashions for men, women, and children of the 1900s and 1910s. The exhibit constituted the largest off-site installation in the Fashion Archives and Museum’s history when the Hanover Area Historical Society hosted the display in its 1912 mansion. […]

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Extremes of Black & White & Shades of Gray

The exhibit explores the fascinating layers of meaning associated with these colors and their connection to many of the most significant moments in life:  religious events such as christenings, first communions and weddings feature white garments.  Yet at the same time, white is considered both cool and practical for summer wear and the ultimate statement […]

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