Historic Figures: The Underwear of Yesteryear
Caroline Hottenstein has been saving and studying other people’s underwear for years. You can hear the artist and collector discuss her extensive collection of women’s undergarments from the 19th century Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.
You will learn about the outrageous hidden paraphernalia that women were obliged to wear to support costume shapes and alter their own body shape when Hottenstein presents the program Unmentionables: 19th Century Undergarments. Her collection includes a variety of corsets, stockings, bustles, hoops and other not-to-be-seen items that you will get a peek at.
Some of the garments feature exquisite hand-sewing techniques that embellished even “hidden” garments. The artist’s hand-cut silhouettes illustrate how the fashionable female body shape has changed over time, contorted into different forms by underclothing that was so much more than just utilitarian.
The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, VA. For information about the program call 703-941-7987.