2017-08-03 / About Town

Presentation Saturday on Gilded Age fashion

A presentation on Gilded Age fashion by a Rhode Island antique collector begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the library, 26 North Road.

Ren Antonowicz, the owner of Nostalgia Providence, will discuss Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife, an upscale New York couple that summered at their Breakers mansion in Newport during the late 20th century.

Cornelius was the grandson of “Commodore Vanderbilt,” a wealthy Staten Island businessman who made his fortune in railroads and shipping. Cornelius was given $5 million by his grandfather.

Antonowicz will showcase clothes worn by the Newport Vanderbilts, their guests and their rich neighbors.

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