Bustles to Bras

Speaker: Karen Jessee

Suitable for Schools · Grades 4–12

This hour-long visual media presentation of vintage/historic clothing from a personal collection and fashion study in England uses history and humor to reveal the many influences that changed women’s silhouettes from 1780-1980. This lively show explains how women went from bustles to bell bottoms and why the flapper in between was the modern women. As there is no fashion without foundation, we also peek underneath to see the many ways women are padded, pinched, poufed and cinched into the latest style. Expect a bit of audience participation. For more information, you can visit the website www.bustlestobras.com.