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Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions

April 14 - September 3, 2017

In 1865, 14-year-old Rachel Williams noted in her diary, “I went down [the] street with Mary this afternoon, hunting for dress trimmings and never got so tired before, I think.  I also got a hoopskirt.” During the nineteenth century, the clothing of children and adolescent girls, like Rachel and Maria Williams who grew up in Fountain Elms, reflected that of adults and of Victorian-era mores. For the first time in the Museum’s history, rare dresses and accessories worn by the Williams daughters are showcased in the exhibition, Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions, on view through September 7 in the Museum’s period room settings. From baptismal gowns to wedding dresses and mourning attire, these outfits explore the lives of one Utica family.

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P1170544 Victorian Fashions 520 x 372 Event Image
Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions

Maureen Marton
Decorative Arts Trust Intern

Free and open to the public

  • Friday, September 1, 2017, 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
P1170544 Victorian Fashions 520 x 372 Event Image
Dressed to the Nines: Williams-Proctor Fashions

Fashion has always been a cultivating force. During the 19th century, a time of great change, fashion was a powerful component in the development of American society. Venture into the world of Utica’s stylish Victorian-era families with an exploration of the clothing worn by the Williamses and Proctors.

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.