TALK: Dressing the Part: What Women’s Clothing Revealed in the Victorian Age When Women Were Supposed to Keep Silent
with Martin Thaler, Professor, UVM Department of Theatre
Join Martin Thaler, costume designer and costume historian, on a journey back through time as he unravels the mystery of the question, “Why would they wear that?!” What was beneath the cumbersome, confining, yet beautiful dress of the Victorian woman? At a time when a woman’s role in society largely reflected the status of her husband, fashion was the great communicator of the day. This talk takes you into the dressing room of a Victorian woman, where you’ll learn the importance of each layer of clothing—from corsets to crinolines—as contemporary college students are transformed into upper-class Victorian ladies.