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“Crinolines and separating busks: innovations in women’s fashion in the early Victorian era” by Melissa Grice

October 9, 2 p.m.4 p.m.

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On October 9, the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School will host a “women’s day” demonstration focused on fashion developments of the 1850s and 1860s. Resident schoolmarm and historical seamstress Melissa Grice will be exploring the innovations in women’s fashion early in the Victorian era that made wearing voluminous elegant dresses more tolerable for women. Her presentation will focus on a time when ladies wore cage crinolines and crinoline petticoats to create a fashionable silhouette. She will also be discussing corsets and the innovation of separating busks that were important advances, making dresses more comfortable, healthier, and more elegant than in previous decades. The demonstration will also include instructions about sewing a sun bonnet.

This event is free to the public, but preregistration is appreciated. Call 580-336-2405 to RSVP in advance.

Melissa Grice is one of the Rose Hill schoolmarms and is a historical seamstress, she travels from state to state participating in Civil War reenactments.


October 9
2 p.m.–4 p.m.
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Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School
2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077