Suffolk County Historical Society

When: 04/13/2019, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Suffolk County Historical Society will host an opening reception for “When Women Wore Whales: The Story of How Whalebone Shaped 19th Century Fashion” on April 13 from 1 to 3:30 PM.

The exhibition, which will run through December 21, will look at how 19th century fashion was possible due to the whale’s baleen, which is used by whales to filter their food from water and by clothing designers for corsets and other women’s wear. Curated by Richard P. Doctorow, the exhibition features fashion magazine plates, whaling tools, corsets, parasols, and dresses showing the changes in fashion from 1820 to 1920.

There will be free opening day admission and light refreshments.