There is a second fashion exhibit on the second floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit includes enlarged plates from Godey’s Lady’s Book and Victorian doll clothes. Both exhibits, the Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now , and the Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal are on display through March 3, 2019.
Admission to the museum is $20, which includes both the clothing exhibit and the doll clothes exhibit.
In this post are pictures taken at the museum of the enlarged clothing illustrations from Godey’s Lady’s Books, of the doll clothes, and of a woman’s and little girl’s Victorian dress. The post, as with all fashion shows, ends with a gown that might have been used as a wedding dress.
The Children’s Fashion Design Center
If you have a child who is interested in fashion, he/she will really enjoy this exhibit.
The museum has work tables where children design clothing. Their designs are hung up for visitors to see.
Godey’s Lady’s Book Illustrations
About the Doll Clothes
Posted on the wall is information about women’s lives…
A published comment from a woman writer of the time: A man likes the society of a woman who can walk a mile or two to see an interesting view, and can take long journeys without being laid up by them. – Susan C. Poser, The Ugly-Girl Papers; or, Hints for the Toilet, 1874.
Excerpts from the exhibit’s descriptions: Increased ease of travel expanded Americans’ horizons in the Gilded Age, but even short journeys were still dirty and drafty. The acid test of a true lady, it was said, was her ability to gracefully withstand the rigors of travel.
The dolls are equipped with some of the needed paraphernalia, including dart, dust-resistant clothing, a waterproof cape, rubber galoshes, and a [large scarf] or blanket rolled up in carrying straps.
Victorian women wore layers and layers of undergarments, which helped them achieve the ideal feminine form…as well as providing a washable layer between body and often-unwashable clothes. The extend and variety of these underpinning are echoed in the doll’s miniature versions.
Woman and Girl’s Victorian Dresses
Victorian Wedding Gown
© Laurel Hoffmann, 2019.