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Exhibit to showcase vintage fashion

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This 1781 blue silk damask wedding gown (above) will be park of the new exhibit, ‘In Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion,’ at the Fairfield Museum. (Hsiulan Hsu photos)

A new exhibit, “Vogue: A Runway of Vintage Fashion,” featuring the fashion-forward women of Fairfield throughout the Colonial, Regency, Edwardian and Victorian Eras from 1780 to 1920, will open at the Fairfield Museum and History Center on Thursday, July 18. It runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

The pieces on exhibit are pulled directly from the museum’s 100-year-old collection — one of the most comprehensive in Western Connecticut — highlighting fashion trends of the past such as cage hoop skirts, bustles and gigot sleeves so large a woman could barely turn their heads.

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,” said Casey Lewis, curator.

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These 1781 wedding bonnet and silk shoes will also be on display.

Exquisite hats, shoes and vintage prints from Godey’s Ladies magazine, Vogue and other fashion publications from 1850-1910 are also on display.

A behind-the-scenes preview of the exhibit with Lewis will be held on Wednesday, July 17, from noon to 2 p.m. The event includes lunch and a fashion shown by Fairfield designer Jennifer Butler.

Tickets are $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members; visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598. Tickets are limited.

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