Dr. Karin Bohleke, curator of the Fashion Archives will offer a privately led tour of the museum situated on our campus during the conference.  It will be a great opportunity for the conference participants to have an intimate knowledge of this gem. Here is a description of the exhibition is sponsored by the Coby Foundation:

“The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby is an innovative exhibit concept based upon descriptions of characters in the texts of seven novels. In each story, elements of dress exercise considerable influence upon plot development and reveal the temperaments of individual characters in significant ways. The exhibit will use dress to enhance the understanding of students and general visitors regarding the descriptive references, the time periods, and the ways in which clothing enhances the authors’ vision of the characters. The novels to be “dressed” comprise British, French, and American fiction, and span the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. These novels are:

·         Samuel Richardson, Pamela (fashions of the 1740s)

·         Claire de Duras, Ourika (fashions of the 1790s)

·         Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (fashions of the 1790s through 1810s)

·         Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford (fashions of the 1830s)

·         Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (fashions of the 1840s)

·         Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence (fashions of the 1870s)

·         F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (fashions of the 1920s)