Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear

  • February 14, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

Registration

  • Free and Open to the Public

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

No registration is required.

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and guests. 

Registration is not required.


Victorian's Secrets:

The Revealing History of Women's

 Underwear

by Leslie Bellais, 

Curator of Social History

Wisconsin Historical Society 









Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear

The huge skirts! The small waists!  How did Victorian women manage to create these fashionable looks?  With underwear, of course.

Throughout the 19th century, women were constantly reshaping their bodies to ever-changing ideals using corsets, hoops, and bustles.  Join Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, to take a peak under the dresses of fashionable Victorian ladies, look at the layers of underwear needed to create the ideal silhouette, and explore how these undergarments reflected societal values. Ms. Bellais will also bring examples from the collection and reproduction bustles for audience members to model.


About the Speaker: Leslie Bellais

Leslie Bellais is the Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and concentrates on her special love - clothing and textiles.  She joined the WI. Historical Museum in 1990. Bellais’ experience includes a degree in historic preservation from Mary Washington College, an apprenticeship at Colonial Williamsburg and work as a curator at the Hershey Museum of American Life.

 

Lecture Location and Parking Information:

Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
6205 Mineral Point Road    
Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

608-230-4427  
www.oakwoodvillage.net  

 
Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

To access underground parking:

  • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
  • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
  • Park in any available Visitor space.

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