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Virtual Gallery Program Offerings

Enjoy fascinating programming from the comfort of home!

The John L. Wehle Gallery offers a variety of virtual programming throughout the year, and we’re excited to share that some virtual programs are now available for purchase through the Online Museum Store! 

Keep scrolling to explore our current virtual programs available for purchase.  

Virtual Lecture Series Session 1: Introduction To 19th-Century Western Fashion (1790-1839)

This series hosted by John L. Wehle Gallery curator Brandon W. Brooks offers fashion enthusiasts an introductory overview of 19th-century Western fashions for men, women, and children. Each module covers roughly 4 decades, beginning in the 1790s and ending just before WWI. Graduates of this complete course will be able to visually identify specific 19th-century fashion eras with their associated silhouettes. This course will educate students on 19th-century garment terminology, the structures and components of clothing, social traditions of dress, and the mechanics behind how 19th-century fashion and garments were created. 

Session 1 (1790-1839) covers: how Westerners got dressed from 1790-1839, scaffolding  underwear for men and women), fabric in early America, revolution, Democracy, and the new “American style,” defining silhouettes of these specific decades, the Great Male Renunciation, mourning dress, and so much more.

Program length: 2 hours

Cost: $35

Format: Recorded lecture 

Virtual Lecture Series Session 2: Introduction To 19th-Century Western Fashion (1840-1869)

This series hosted by John L. Wehle Gallery curator Brandon W. Brooks offers fashion enthusiasts an introductory overview of 19th-century Western fashions for men, women, and children. Each module covers roughly 4 decades, beginning in the 1790s and ending just before WWI. Graduates of this complete course will be able to visually identify specific 19th-century fashion eras with their associated silhouettes. This course will educate students on 19th-century garment terminology, the structures and components of clothing, social traditions of dress, and the mechanics behind how 19th-century fashion and garments were created. 

Session 2 (1840-1869) covers: mass production and the Industrial Revolution, corset technology, achieving the silhouette: petticoats, crinolines, and crinolettes, bloomers, Dress Reform Movement, and Haudenosaunee women’s fashions, gender neutrality in clothing, Civil War’s effect on fashion, and so much more.

Program length: 2 hours

Cost: $35

Format: Recorded lecture 

Virtual Lecture Series Session 3: Introduction To 19th-Century Western Fashion (1870-1909)

This series hosted by John L. Wehle Gallery curator Brandon W. Brooks offers fashion enthusiasts an introductory overview of 19th-century Western fashions for men, women, and children. Each module covers roughly 4 decades, beginning in the 1790s and ending just before WWI. Graduates of this complete course will be able to visually identify specific 19th-century fashion eras with their associated silhouettes. This course will educate students on 19th-century garment terminology, the structures and components of clothing, social traditions of dress, and the mechanics behind how 19th-century fashion and garments were created. 

Session 3 (1870-1909) covers: post-war fashions, technology and the sewing machine at home, the advent of the American Department Store, tight-lacing and padding, the “plume boom,” the Rational Dress Movement, garden parties, entering the 1920s, and so much more.

Program length: 2 hours

Cost: $35

Format: Recorded lecture