Flagler Museum announces 2019 Fall Exhibition

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, celebrating its 60th Anniversary, will launch its 2019/2020 “Season of Style 2” with its fall exhibition titled Inside Out: Women’s Fashion from Foundation to Silhouette, which is scheduled to debut on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and run through January 5, 2020. The exhibition focuses on how women have shaped American society and how undergarments have shaped them. The Flagler Museum will be the first and only Florida venue to host this exhibition.


Inside Out specifically examines the relationship between American women and their undergarments against a backdrop of fashion, sociological changes and political climate. Visitors will walk through eight key eras in American history, exploring the perceived roles of women in American culture from the 1790s to the present, how those roles have shaped — and been shaped by — what women wear, feminist ideas and movements since the nation’s earliest days, and the outward appearance and silhouette of stylish American women over time.


Organized by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts with the support of the Ben and Beverly Stribling Special Exhibition Trust and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions, Inside Out features over 140 costume items including fashion designs by Traina-Norell, Geoffrey Beane and Bob Mackie, as well as clothing worn by iconic contemporary celebrities including Cher and Lady Gaga.

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“I’ve been to many major fashion exhibits around the country, but I always felt something was missing. The garments were all visually interesting but none of the exhibits I had seen were speaking about the underlying history … none were talking about the sociology, the sexuality of the pieces and the status of the women who were wearing them,” said Howard Taylor, Director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
“Inside Out provides such wonderful insight into the lifestyles of the Flaglers and their contemporaries in the Gilded Age by exploring fashions of that era, as well as how fashion has evolved over time. And the Museum is making sure men are included, too. Menswear from our collection will be interspersed throughout Whitehall’s second floor guest rooms during our Season of Style 2. Look for handkerchiefs, swim wear, night shirts and pocket watches as you tour the second floor!” said Erin Manning, Executive Director of the Flagler Museum.


An illustrated companion volume titled Inside Out: An Exploration of Women’s Status and Roles in American Society as Reflected in Fashion from Foundation to Silhouette featuring essays by scholars, museum professionals, collectors and journalists will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Additionally, the Museum Store will offer for sale unique and fashionable items such as period makeup and perfumes, and handmade foundation pieces in luxurious fabrics, all inspired by the fall exhibition. Items will be available for purchase starting in October. As always, Museum Members receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

The Fall Exhibition is funded in part by the The Eliasberg Family Foundation and Templeton & Company, and is sponsored in part by Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Exhibition Lecture:
Howard J. Taylor, Director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, Texas 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13, 2019
$25 per person
Museum admission is included
Space is limited, reservations are required

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