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Gloucester County Historical Society Museum Presents: Dressed to to the Nines: A Century of Women's Fashions

Vintage clothe's hounds have yet another exhibition to enjoy featiromg women's turn of the 20th century apparel. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum presents: Dressed to the Nines: A Century of Women's Fashions that will run through August 28th. The exhibit features more than 50 dresses, purses, shoes, hats and fans circa 1830 to 1930.

Gloucester County Historical Society Museum Presents: Dressed to to the Nines: A Century of Women's Fashions

This dress is a part of the Gloucester Museum´s exhibit. This ciirca 1870’s side-saddle riding outfit and matching hat with attached veil is a part of the collection.
This dress is a part of the Gloucester Museum's exhibit. This ciirca 1870’s side-saddle riding outfit and matching hat with attached veil is a part of the collection. Photo courtesy of Gloucester County Museum

Vintage clothe's hounds have yet another exhibition to enjoy featiromg women's turn of the 20th century apparel. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum presents: Dressed to the Nines: A Century of Women's Fashions that will run through August 28th. The exhibit features more than 50 dresses,  purses, shoes, hats and fans circa 1830 to 1930.

Women's fashion during this time period is fascinating because it's all about breaking rules and redefining what it is to be woman. In the span of 30 years, co setts were let go of, hemlines went up and high collars disappeared. Coco Chanel changed our lives - as did securing the right to vote and the less constrictive fashions were proof of our new lifestyle.

The fact that many of these pieces could have belonged to our grandmothers' and great-grandmothers' makes seeing them even cooler. It's like rummaging through an old trousseau

Both Drexel University and The Philadelphia Museum of Art have held recent exhibitions featuring women's fashions of yesteryear.

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531. The museum’s hours are Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 1-4 p.m., last Sunday of the month 2-5 p.m. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free.  Private tours available other days/times.

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

So I can’t help but love fashion – one day I will get that Diane von Furstenberg wrap and those Christian Louboutin shoes.

And fragrances? My favorite right now is Chanel Mademoiselle. As for makeup, can we say MAC?

So let’s thank the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, that a true fashionista can find everything she needs right here in Philly.

I’ve covered fashion here for six years, and I have traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Paris to write about local and national designers. Let me tell you, there is no place where people wear midnight Eagles green or Phillies red with such wild abandon as they do on the west side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Sound familiar? This blog is for you.

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