By Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, CHS
The costume and textile storage on the CHS’s third floor is my favorite space in the Connecticut Historical Society museum. Every time I go up there, I get a shiver down my spine thinking of all the stories that go with all the dresses and uniforms and even hats tucked up there for safe keeping.
One of my favorite parts of my job is leading Behind-the-Scenes tours that take visitors to the third floor and share some of our costumes with them—it is my chance to always be learning and discovering something new about our collections and our past. I want to share this experience with as many people as I can, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing on Saturday, May 9th with Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show.
The special event will tie old and new together with a runway fashion show with up-to-the-minute styles presented by Simon’s Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets (including designers DKNY, Banana Republic, Gap Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, and more) and a pop-up exhibit of highlights from our CHS costume collection that show styles from 1862 up to 1965.
As different as the looks are, stories tie all the decades of women’s fashion together—we’ve got wedding dresses, a mother-of-the-bride ensemble, a bridesmaid’s dress (sensing a theme here?), and some very elegant evening dresses. Some of the fashions may even remind you of dresses you or maybe your mom or grandmother wore—which makes it a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.
Bring your mom along to compare hemlines and wonder why hats and gloves went out of style—and then plan your trip to Clinton Crossing to refresh your spring wardrobe!
Here are all the details:
When: Saturday, May 9 @ 11:00 am (Pop-Up exhibit 9:00 am to 3:00 pm)
Where: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford (free parking!)
Tickets are available online, $20 for CHS and Let’s Go Arts Members, $25 for non-members, refreshments included
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Questions? Contact Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, at (860) 236-5621 x289 or [email protected].
Jenny Steadman is the Adult Programs Manager of the Connecticut Historical Society, and has been in that position since 2012. She holds her Ph.D. in women’s history and literature from Emory University and has taught at Emory University, Trinity College, and most recently at the President’s College of the University of Hartford. She published Traveling Economies: American Women’s Travel Writing with Ohio State University Press in 2007. Stories of women’s travel, adventure, and accomplishment inspire her and sharing those stories is a life-long passion.