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Legendary costume curator to open show at Darien Historical Society

Published 4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  • The Darien Historical Society will show "Fashion Transformed - La Belle Époque to Moderne - 1900 to 1920." Photo: Contributed Photo
    The Darien Historical Society will show "Fashion Transformed - La Belle Époque to Moderne - 1900 to 1920." Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Darien Historical Society will open "Fashion Transformed -- La Belle Époque to Moderne -- 1900 to 1920" with a champagne preview reception on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

"Fashion Transformed" presents 17 elegant costumes in an exhibit that is very similar to one staged by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 that was called "Poiret: King of Fashion."

Costume Curator Babs White and her team of volunteers have put together a spectacular show that will offer Darien an opportunity to enjoy the very best of what one of the world's greatest museums has to offer.

Babs White has been a volunteer at the Darien Historical Society for the past 41 years. In the early 1970s, the costume collection included contributions from about 150 local donors, a number that under White's stewardship has grown to more than 1,000. Currently, there are more than 3,000 items including accessories such as handbags, parasols, shoes and hats. This important collection of men's, women's and children's costumes is complete with photographic and written descriptions of each item. Last year, her exhibition on The Ladies of Prospect Avenue, 1867-1900 was a huge success.

The Darien Historical Societyhas the following exhibit sponsors: Thomas E. Golden Realty and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and patrons and other contributors who made the exhibition possible. The society thanks the exhibition committee led by Susan Massamillo and Cyndy Stamm with support from Cindy Ryan, Charky Armstrong, Lynn Sheppard, Janet Sargent, Megan Caulfield and Anne Ryan. Carol Caulfield for photography of the exhibit and Timothy Macdonald for lighting.

Tickets for the champagne preview are still available at a price of $50 per member and $65 per non-member.

In addition, other events include gallery talks by Babs with Ladies' Luncheons that are scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Nov. 10. Admission is $25 per member and $35 per non-member.

Tickets are also available for a Ladies' Night Out at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, and a Mother-Daughter Tea that will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. That day is Election Day, and the tea will celebrate the 19th Amendment that was added to the U. S. Constitution in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Admission is $10 per member and $15 per non-member and $5 per child.

Additional Ladies' Luncheons and Ladies' Night Outs may are being scheduled for other affinity groups and for private cocktail parties. Contact the Darien Historical Society at 203-655-9233. The show will open to the general public on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

All proceeds from these events are used to preserve, protect and celebrate the past to educate both the young and old.