Exhibition Highlight: Embellishments in Victorian Dress, on view in 2017!

UNH Bodice

Photo by Lisa Nugent


photo by Lisa Nugent

How did the Victorians think about design? How did they create the fabulous, over-the-top trims late 19th c. fashion is known for? Embellishments inVictorian Dress looks at what these design principles are, and how they are applied, to help you see Victorian fashion in a new way.

First opening at the University Museum at UNH in September 2012, the exhibition traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts in 2014 and the Portsmouth Athenaeum in 2015. This new, greatly expanded exhibition will feature the core garments, bodices, and assorted items from the original show, with many new examples selected from the University of New Hampshire’s Irma Bowen Textile Collection, the Saco Museum, and more.