This clothing exhibit will showcase the garments and gowns of Victorian weddings from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society in the various rooms of the Villa Louis Mansion. Each garment will be an appropriate example of what Mrs. Dousman and her daughters would have worn. Included in the exhibit is one very special gown, worn by Virginia Dousman for her 1904 wedding held on the West Lawn of Villa Louis. The exhibition tells the story of both the dresses, rarely displayed due to their fragile nature, and the women who wore them.
Villa Louis, 521 Villa Louis Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
The historic Villa Louis mansion is the centerpiece of a grand Victorian estate built by the family of Hercules Dousman, a frontier entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in the fur trade and other frontier investments. The mansion has just undergone a top-to-bottom documentary restoration that has returned the Dousman home to the splendor of its 1890s heyday, using British Arts and Crafts interior designs inspired by famed designer William Morris.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.