Special Event

Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear

Saturday, August 12, 2017


The huge skirts! The small waists! How did Victorian women manage to create these fashionable looks? With underwear, of course. Throughout the 19th century, women were constantly reshaping their bodies to ever-changing ideals using corsets, hoops, and bustles.

Join Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, to take a peek under the dresses of fashionable Victorian ladies, look at the layers of underwear needed to create the ideal silhouette, and explore how these undergarments reflected societal values.

Light refreshments will be served.


Knowlton House
109 W. Blackhawk Ave.
Prarie du Chien, WI 53821