This unique presentation is not a fashion show; rather, Ms. Carle dresses from corset to gloves, with authentic as well as reproduction garments, taking her audience on a journey of discovery by using clothing and accessories as a tool to reflect the era.
She dresses in the layers of the clothing of the Gilded Age and, as each piece is added (yes, including the corset!), Ms. Carle explains how it was worn as well as when and where it was appropriate. Throughout the presentation she shares insights into the fashion, lifestyle, manners, and etiquette of men, women and children. Included are interesting anecdotes and ‘myth busting’.
This entertaining and informative performance is full of audience interaction and is geared toward whomever is in attendance, men, women, boys and girls, ages 8 to 110!
Ms. Carle created The Victorian Lady to share her passion for the life history reflected in the garments of everyday men and women. She has performed at venues including CT Historical Society; Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY; Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine; Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT; the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City; the National Pierce Arrow Antique Car Club, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY; the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, CA; the Yacht Club of Savannah, GA; as well as numerous house museums, universities, historical societies, libraries, churches, and many other public and private organizations.
This enjoyable show begins at 7pm. Free to members, $5 for nonmembers. Due to the nature of this textile-based program, refreshments will not be served. Tours of BHS exhibits will be available before the start of the program, beginning at 6:30pm.