Sunday, May 13, 2012


Date:May 13th, 2012
Information:Perfect Ladies: The Arts of Dress, Beauty and Etiquette in the Victorian Age 

In the 19th century many believed the role of women was to please men, be decorative in social situations and act in a refined manner. While women were responsible for domestic duties such as sewing and laundry, they were also expected to uphold and epitomize the family's social status. In a 2:00 p.m. slide talk, Kristina Haugland, Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will examine the social background behind the evolution of Victorian fashions such as corsets, hoop skirts and bustles as well as attempts to reform women’s dress and redefine their social position. Actual undergarments and also examples of Durand-Hedden’s Victorian clothing collection will be on view. 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments, see the exciting new exhibit, "After the Hickories: Roosevelt Park" and visit the Country Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. 

The Durand-Hedden House is an historic house museum dedicated to telling the story of the history and development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. The House and surrounding Grasmere Park were designated a Maplewood Historic Landmark in 2006. 

For more information, call 973-763-7712. Durand-Hedden is located at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. 

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