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Victoria’s Closet — Fashions of the 1840s

GCV&M presents its newest costume exhibit, Victoria’s Closet, Fashions of the 1840s, opening to the public on May 12, 2018.*

If you are a fan of the BBC’s drama, Victoria and its sumptuous costuming, then you’ll especially enjoy seeing the real fashions worn on this side of the pond! Discover how Queen Victoria influenced style in America. Explore the nostalgic look of the 1840, as well as innovations of the times from everyday wear to Sunday best. Check out the decade’s fashionable “must haves.” Browse through 32 study drawers filled with additional clothing artifacts for a close-up look at superbly crafted fans, shoes and other accessories.

Victoria’s Closet also celebrates photography, an invention that came of age as Victoria ascended the throne. Both the 20-something Victoria and Albert avidly collected photographic images and posed for the camera for their own family albums—and so can you. Slip into reproductions of 1840s fashions and then step back into time in our photo-op booth where volunteers will take your likeness on your smart phone or camera.

*Exhibit setup is under way with mannequins awaiting heads, hands and other accessories.