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Victorian Fashion Show and Dance Set for Feb. 21 at Nevada State Museum

February 10, 2010

Bonnets and Bustles PracticeCarson City, Nev.— Be transported back in time at Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles! Fashion Show and Dance at the Nevada State Museum Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Friends of the Nevada State Museum organized and planned the event in partnership with the Carson City Historical Society (CCHS).

Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit Friends of the Nevada State Museum and CCHS.  Tickets are available at the Nevada State Museum Store and also at White Cat Antiques on the corner of Curry and Robinson.  Contact Tina Davis-Hersey at 671-2364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

The Victorian Fashion Show and Dance highlights women’s fashions from the 1860s through the 1890s, roughly the same time period that Queen Victoria reigned in Britain. The fashions for the event come from the collection of Tina Davis-Hersey and Carolyn Davis.  The collection includes original outfits as well as costumes created by the mother-daughter duo from historic patterns. The show follows a quartet of vignettes of daily Victorian life, from dressing in the morning to dancing in the evening.  A reception with a raffle and Victorian-era ballroom dancing culminates the evening. 

Music is provided by two groups: The Consort Canzona will play the harpsichord and recorders for the daytime scenes; in the “ballroom,” a quartet of musicians from the Carson City Symphony will play period waltzes and polkas.  Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for the event.

Paulette Grune, a well-known presenter on the morals, styles, and manners of the Victorian period, will be on hand to perform her show of Victorian underpinnings.  Paulette, an excellent seamstress and researcher of historic fashion, does a wonderful job of explaining exactly what went underneath those big skirts—and why all the layers were necessary.  Mourning attire is also on display, and a description of mourning etiquette and fashion accompanies the scene.  Several other outfits for daytime or evening wear will be modeled as well.

The Friends of the Nevada State Museum, a private, non-profit organization, supports the museum through volunteer assistance, fundraising, and advocacy.  Funds raised will support education programs and exhibits at the museum.  The Carson City Historical Society’s mission is to preserve the unique history and Old West cultural heritage of Carson City and northern Nevada.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Exhibits highlight the state’s history, geology, plants and animals, Native American cultural heritage, Historic Carson City Mint, a replica walk-through mine, and ghost town.  Current changing exhibits include Rock Art Perspectives: Petroglyphs and Pictographs, Slot Machines: The Fey Collection and The Art of Nature: Images from the Wildlands of Nevada.  For information, call (775) 687-4810.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2010
Contact: Deborah Stevenson 775-687-4810 ext. 237
Jim Barmore 775-687-4810 ext. 226