Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reigning Fashion: Victoria and the Queen @ Lockwood Mathews Mansion

If you are interested in Queen Victoria and fashion, this is a lecture not to miss. The Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk is hosting a special lecture on the fashion of Queen Victoria on April 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The popular new PBS series, Victoria, examines the life of Great Britain's nineteenth-century queen. The dazzling costumes worn by the actors prompt this lecture's examination of the cultural history of clothing in the Victorian era. What was the inspiration for women's dress styles in the period? How was clothing made and who did the work? What was Queen Victoria's role as a fashion leader? And, how authentic are the costumes worn in the PBS series? To complement the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's current exhibition of wedding dresses, this lecture will include a discussion of nineteenth-century wedding fashions and the effect of Queen Victoria's 1840 marriage to Prince Albert.
Ms. Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in New England's historic costume and textiles. From 1995‒2000 she was the curator of textiles and fine arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Since going independent, Lynne has undertaken a number of large projects, including curating an exhibition and catalog for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford: Modesty Died When Clothes Were Born: Costume in the Life and Literature of Mark Twain, for which she won the Costume Society of America's Richard Martin Award for Excellence. Since 2007, Lynne has been the guest curator of costumes and textiles for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, also in Hartford. Her 2016 exhibition and catalogue for the Wadsworth, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy garnered enthusiastic reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Vogue, and has been nominated for several awards (tba). Another recent publication, Homefront & Battlefield: Civil War Quilts in Context, (co-authored with Madelyn Shaw), published in 2012 by the American Textile History Museum of Lowell, Massachusetts, was awarded a bronze medal in history by the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Lynne is also the editor of Uncoverings, the annual journal of the American Quilt Study Group. Her contribution to the field of historic costume and textiles has been recognized by the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Historic New England, and the International Quilt Study Center, which have all elected her to membership in their honorary or advisory societies.
The Salon includes a talk, refreshments, and a tour of the first floor of the Mansion. Refreshments are courtesy of Best in Gourmet. Tickets are available online or by calling the museum.
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