2009-07-30 / About Town

Newport exhibit to feature high fashion

The Newport Historical Society will offer a rare glimpse into its extensive clothing collection with the exhibit “Homespun to High Fashion,” opening to the public on Friday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. in the restored Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House at 82 Touro St. in Newport.

The exhibit will showcase examples of late 18th and early 19th century apparel, including colorful fancy dresses and plainer Quaker wear that reflects the religious diversity of colonial Newport. The collection includes a number of unaltered high-fashion gowns of the 18th century and a full range of colonial undergarments.

Much of the collection has never been exhibited.

The exhibit is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and by appointment. Admission is $5.

Call 846-0813 for more information.

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