“Life in a Gilded Cage”. A show which highlights the official and public careers of First ladies in America. It explores these roles and how they have grown and changed throughout history. That which is explored in the show include those roles served by a First Lady on the national stage; as hostess of the White House; international ambassador; campaigner; fashion symbol and Honorary National President of the Girl Scouts of the United States.
This exhibit and the experts who put it together constitute the most comprehensive collection of research on information on First Ladies and their role in our American history. They preserve, promote and educate about the significant role of First Ladies of the USA and their contributions throughout history.
Guided tours are available at the Saxton-MicKinley House. They start about every 45 minutes. The final tour starts around 3pm.
The world renowned Kent State fashion program and museum are at it again with an interesting new display of fashion from times passed. The curators at Rockwell Hall have set their sights on fashions from the WWII era. Of the new exhibition the museum website has this to say:
“The 1940s was a tumultuous period in history and the fashions of the time reflected the upheaval. World War II led to restrictions on what Americans and Europeans could wear because of rationing for civilian populations and uniforms for those who enlisted. The end of the war brought new freedoms. Christian Dior’s groundbreaking 1947 collection was known as the ‘New Look’ which came to refer more generally to the fuller skirts and hourglass silhouettes that predicted the styles of the 1950s.
The 1940s represented the moment when American designers first began to break free of rigidly following European fashion. Among the innovative American designers and name brands in the exhibition are Adrian, Hattie Carnegie, Sophie Gimbel, Charles James, Claire McCardell, and Valentina. This exhibition showcases a variety of different looks that typified the whole span of the 1940s including uniforms, suits, underwear, outerwear, swimwear, and even glamorous evening dresses.”