Dress-Up: A Regional Portrait of Childhood

December 16, 2011 - May 13, 2012

Price-Strongwell Cultural Heritage Galleries

Exhibit Details

In conjunction with the 2012 program Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children in the Arts, William King Museum will playfully evoke the lives and adventures of children growing up in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. At all social and economic levels, children tended to dress like miniature adults, with only slight differentiation in lengths of skirts or knickers. This exhibition will explore the interaction of art and fashion with children’s lives in the region, through examples of historic costume and period portraiture. Other items such as toys, furniture, and journals will compliment the subject of childhood from this bygone era.