Past Event

Vintage Unmentionables

A Road Scholar Program by Ellie Carlson

Women’s fashions are shaped, literally and figuratively, by their underclothes. Throughout history a woman’s frame has not always been entirely her own. These delicate pieces of linen and lace, stiff corsets, and sturdy hoops and bustles are fascinating to modern eyes; they are the unseen history of an era. Modern contrivances are no less remarkable. Join Elizabeth Carlson as she explores the history, and unveils the myths, of women’s “unmentionables.”

Elizabeth “Ellie” Carlson is the Curator of Costumes for the Winnetka Historical Society, has a background in the theatre, and is a student of nineteenth century Domestic Arts. She holds a Masters of Historical Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, and has worked in local museums for 25 years. Ellie believes that properly costumed living history is the closest we can come to a time machine experience. Theatre and history combine to show what the past might really have looked, felt, smelled, and sounded like in Ellie’s presentations.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Laura Wilson, 630.665.2482.