Living History: Secrets of a Lady’s Toilette

WHEN:

On May 21st 2016 only
Paid Entry ($13.00)

WHERE:

Merchant's House Museum, 29 East Fourth Street, New York, 10003

WHAT:

This special session runs alongside Merchant House's Unmentionable And Never Seen exhibition about the undergarments of 19th Century women. It’s 1858 and 25-year-old Tredwell daughter Julia is in her mother’s bedroom getting ready for an evening at the theatre, a fashionable society event in the 19th century.

From silk sleeves and satin slippers to perfumed soaps and floral-scented skin powder, no detail is too small. How does she dress her hair? How tight is her corset? How many layers does it take to make the fashionable crinoline silhouette?

Learn about Julia’s clothes, her cosmetics, and just how much work it takes to be well-dressed in 19th-century New York. Included with regular admission. No reservations.

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