Opening Reception: “Making It Last: Sustainable Fashion in Victorian America” May 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A mother and her children work at dangerous flower making, photograph by Lewis Hine, 1915, National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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Join us for the opening reception for the new exhibition, Making It Last: Sustainable Fashion in Victorian America. The exhibition will explore the recycling philosophy of the 19th century and discuss Victorian-era clothing care and fashionable materials, drawing comparisons to today’s companies that support sustainability, while also highlighting some of the 19th century’s hazardous practices, including the use of chemicals and metals such as arsenic and mercury in the manufacturing of popular textiles, faux flowers, and statement hats.

Making It Last will be curated by Lynne Zacek Bassett, an independent scholar specializing in New England’s historic costume and textiles, with the assistance of the LMMM Curatorial Committee co-chaired by Trustees Mimi Findlay and Paul Veeder.
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