Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Finishing Touches will go beyond clothing and explore the accessories that completed a look during the 1800s and early 1900s.
A woman or gentleman of status was not ready to be seen in public until hats, gloves, rings, fans, etc. were added. Not only were accessories expected to be in place to complete an outfit, but could also be used as tools for communication. Discover the history of fashion accessories and St. Louis fashion within the Garment District when you tour this upcoming exhibit.
The momentous story of Dred and Harriet Scott’s fight for freedom is one of enduring strength, seemingly triumphant injustice, and rippling effects. Foundations of Freedom follows the landmark case on its journey to the United States Supreme Court with attention to slavery in Missouri, freedom suits, the contributions of the attorney for the Scott family, Roswell Field, and the rise of national discussions on slavery and citizenship. Step into the shoes of the Scotts, Roswell Field, and countless others who fought for freedom despite its unpopularity, in Field’s home that stood just blocks away from the action.
This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
Countless St. Louis women change lives every day, and a fortunate few make headlines in doing so. From groundbreaking entertainers to stunning legal minds, the Gateway to the West boasts ties to some of history’s most remarkable women. Whether they spent their childhood in one of our historic neighborhoods or accomplished remarkable feats here as adults, our beloved city has fostered growth, inspired action, and encouraged dreams. These 18 phenomenal women are just the beginning.
Did you know that the Eugene Field Library has exhibits too?
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Check back soon to see what is coming in 2020!