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The Revealing History of Women's
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
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