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Victorian fashion topic of lecture in Carson City

Guy Clifton
Travel Nevada

Jan Loverin is curator of clothing and textiles at the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center. Photo courtesy of Nevada State Museum

As settlers found their way west in the 1800s, so, too, did much of the fashion of the time, including the beautiful and elaborate gowns of the Victorian era.

Modern-day observers see the clothing and can't help but wonder, "Why did they dress like that?"

Jan Loverin, curator of clothing and textiles at the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center, knows why and she will share that knowledge in this month's Frances Humphrey Lecture Series at the Nevada State Museum's South Gallery.

The event is Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, free for museum members and children 17 and younger.

Loverin will discuss the various social and cultural issues of the day and how they influenced dress. She'll tell the story of how bloomers were rejected and considered the scorn of society; and she'll show examples of some stylish Victorian women, including those wanting dress reform who challenged the fashionable standards of the day.

Loverin, who has a master's in home economics and museum studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, is a member of the Costume Society of America and the International Council of Museums Costume Committee. She has presented papers for both professional organizations.

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Together with Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, Loverin published "To Clothe Nevada Women 1860-1920." She and Nylen also co-authored "Comstock Needleworkers" in the book "Comstock Women: the Making of a Mining Community."

Seating for the lecture is limited and patrons are asked to reserve a seat by contacting Mary Covington at mcovington@nevadaculture.com or 775-687-4810, ext. 224.

For information on the program, contact Jan Loverin at jloverin@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-6173.

The Frances Humphrey Lecture Series is held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Nevada State Museum.

If you go

What: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series – Victorian Fashions and Dress Reform by Jan Loverin.

When: Feb. 22. Doors open at 6, lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St.

Cost: $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger. Reserve seats by contacting Mary Covington at mcovington@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810.

Contact: Jan Loverin at jloverin@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-6173.