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1372690166_thumbFashionistas mark your calendars now for a behind-the-scenes preview of the new exhibition – In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion taking place at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Please join museum Curator Casey Lewis and enjoy a lunch provided by SoNo Bakery, along with a Fashion Show by Fairfield designer Jennifer Butler, who presents her Fall 2013 collection. You will note how Ms. Butler draws inspiration for her designs from fashion elements of the past.

This preview will take place Wednesday, July 17th from 12-2 pm. Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $50 ($40 for Museum Members) and can be purchased online at or by calling 203-259-1598.

The show will be featuring pieces pulled directly from the Museum’s 100-year-old collection — one of the most comprehensive in Western Connecticut– and will feature the fashion-forward women of Fairfield throughout the Colonial, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian Eras from 1780 to 1920. The show is on view from July 18, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014 and will showcase fashion trends of the past such as cage hoop skirts, bustles and gigot sleeves so large a woman could barely turn her head.

One highlight is a 1781 blue silk damask wedding gown worn by 14-year old Lucy Nichols who married Fairfield Reverend Philo Shelton on April 15, 1781. “White was not worn in weddings until Queen Victoria wore a white gown in her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert,” notes Casey Lewis, curator. Exquisite hats, shoes and vintage prints from Godey’s Ladies magazine, Vogue and other fashion publications from 1850-1910 are also on display.

Fairfield Museum and History Center is located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. Hours: M – F 10 am – 4 pm; Weekends noon – 4 pm: Members free; Adults $5; Students/Seniors $3; Children under 5 free.

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Ryan Odinak