Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago is the second in our series Dust Collectors. If you were unable to attend the slide lecture on February 26 (and didn't see the webcast because of technical problems on our end), or if you just want to catch it again, the video is now online. Ivan Ingermann gave a great talk about fashions from the 1900s through the 1920s, with special attention to the styles worn in Downton Abbey. You'll also get a brief look at an exhibition from the collections of Beverly Bourgeois (Ritzy Rags) and Karen Fisher (Antiques & Jewels), but this extraordinary exhibit is still on display in the Heritage Room and the Quiet Gallery at the Athens-Clarke County Library through March 24. Don't miss it!


Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 pm

Are you an avid viewer of Downton Abbey? Whether you're an Anglophile or a dedicated follower of fashion, you'll find something to blog about here. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 26, Reflecting, Sharing, Learning presents, in its continuing Dust Collectors series, Dressing Up: A Gimlet-Eyed Look at Fashion from a Century Ago in the Appleton Auditorium at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Attend a slide lecture by Ivan Ingermann, Associate Professor of Costume Design from the UGA Department of Theatre & Film Studies on the vintage fashions from the Downton Abbey era – an age of Victorian, Edwardian, and flapper finery. If you are unable to attend in person you may watch the webcast HERE.

Upstairs, in the Heritage Room and in the adjacent Quiet Gallery, see period clothing, primarily from the 1920s, from the collection of Athens costumer and fashion historian Beverly Bourgeois. The exhibition will be on display from February 26–March 24.

On Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm, participate in a live webinar event with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor. Buns, Beards, Bodices and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing will help you date your old photos by the clothing in them. All these events are free and open to the public, but you must register for the webinar.


If you missed our program January 24, or if you want to see it again, the lecture by guest speaker Mary Walker is now online.

The talk about the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum is followed by a session in Multipurpose Room A with the public bringing their quilts to be evaluated by experts from the Cotton Patch Quilters. And don't forget the exhibition of antique quilts hanging in the Heritage Room Quiet Gallery through February 20.