The Dundas Museum and Archives is proudly to displaying a new exhibit, which allows visitors to witness the evolution of how we dress. It’s called: Silhouettes in Time: 100 years of fashion in Dundas.
The exhibit opened October 3rd and runs until February 13th. It features more than a dozen different dresses and gowns all donated by the people of Dundas and Hamilton.
Silhouettes in Time gives visitors the chance to witness first-hand the evolution of fashion and how far we have come in the ways of style and accessories. The oldest dress on display is from 1796 while the ‘newest’ dress is from 1898. Each piece has its own story to tell, from the bridal gown that was worn a week before the bride’s death, to the dress so small the museum staff had to create their own mannequin to properly display it.
“All the clothes are from our collection,” said collections manager Sandu Sindile. “Most of them were made here or worn by people living in Dundas. Some of the donations are from Hamilton or they were brought in from Europe by the people who came to Dundas in the early years of the 19th century. The idea of putting this show the way it is, I wanted this to look like an art show to underline the beauty of the clothing.”
Sindile says the museum will hold a sequel to Silhouettes in Time in two years time, covering fashions of the 20th century.
Whether you have a passion for fashion or you just want to see how trends and styles have changed over time, check out Silhouettes in Time and see first hand how fashion has evolved.
As Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion changes, but style endures.”