During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, dressmaking techniques and understructures such as bustles, corsets, stays, and crinolines created distinct fashionable silhouettes that changed with each successive era. Join Theresa Gay Rohall, Executive Director of the Ligonier Valley Historical Society, for a charmingly illustrated lecture exploring underpinnings from the late 1700’s through the early 1900’s that were both a necessity and an indulgence for creating the distinct fashion silhouette of each era. The talk will be held Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 - 11:00 am at Compass Inn Museum. Admission is only $10; space is limited, so reserve your seat now at 724-238-6818 or email@example.com.
“At first, I was just researching the text to describe each of the items in the ‘Unmentionables in the Valley: An Intimate Display’ exhibit which opened at Compass Inn Museum this spring. But then I became curious with why women wore what they wore, so I read more. I was fascinated with the reasons behind what made women wear such things as panniers that made them walk through doors sideways and why they would wear a corset that made them look wasp-waisted. I found the answers to these questions and others to be surprising and interesting. So I decided to put together this talk in order to share my findings with others. So, I hope folks will attend and enjoy the information as much as I have,” said Theresa.
There will an opportunity to visit the exhibit at the end of the lecture. “Unmentionables in the Valley: An Intimate Display” will be on exhibit until October 16, Tuesdays – Saturdays – 11 am to 4 pm & Sundays 1 - 5 pm. The Ligonier Valley Historical Society “undresses history” with this small but delightful exhibition at its Compass Inn Museum. “Unmentionables” features items from thee time periods, the Regency (1790-1820), the Romantic (1820-1860), and the Victorian (1850-1869) eras. Since Compass Inn was in operation as a resting place for travelers from 1799 through 1862, it is fitting that we feature undergarments from all three eras. It gives an interesting perspective on how society changed during the 19th Century and how fashion was strongly influenced by its social and economic context. Visiting the exhibition is included in the regular tour of the Museum.