Newport, Resort City of Fashion, 1870–1920

Newport, Resort City of Fashion, 1870–1920

Newport
5:30-7:30pm
NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street. Textile and dress historian Rebecca J. Kelly will discuss Newport as a resort fashion capital that propelled New York's sportswear industry. During the Gilded Age vibrant "Gibsonesque," women wearing simple shirtwaists and walking skirts for golf, tennis, or out driving in Newport became the idealized version of the sporty American woman. More relaxed resort style clothing contributed significantly to a fashion identity separate from that of Paris. Images of the famed clothing and millinery shops along Bellevue Avenue and the stories of the enterprising women who ran them will be showcased. Members and military, $15; non-members, $20; advance registration required. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Attendees are welcome to wear historically inspired Victorian and Edwardian attire. (401) 846-0813; ddaly@newporthistory.org; www.newporthistory.org.