2011 Programs

 Lynda Meyer
Lynda Meyer

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Women’s Fashions from 1850 to 1880s: The Time of Emily Dickinson
An afternoon with Lynda Meyer, clothing historian

2-4:30 p.m.
Alumni House, Amherst College
Program Fee:  $10  (Museum members: $7)
Appraisal fee:  $10/item

Clothing historian Lynda Meyer will share her extensive knowledge of the fashion of nineteenth century America and how it reflects the culture in which Emily Dickinson lived.  During this program, Meyer will “dress” an 1860s woman (mannequin) to construct piece-by-piece the layers that went together to conceal and reveal a beautiful silhouette.  Meyer will discuss the social and cultural importance of the “Belle” look of the mid-nineteenth century. Several articles of clothing from the Emily Dickinson Museum will be displayed for the first time.

Following Meyer's interactive lecture, participants will enjoy refreshments and have a chance to ask questions of Meyer.  The program's final hour will be devoted to appraisals of individual items brought by participants.  Meyer will examine what/how/when the piece was made, its dollar value, and what history it may represent.

For more than two decades, Lynda Meyer has lectured throughout western New England on a wide range of fashion-related topics, with a specific focus on the historical, technological & political influences of individual eras through lecture & display of original period garments.  Lynda is the owner of Lynda's Antique Clothing Loft in Adams, Massachusetts. Lynda was Costume Design Consultant for more than twenty five years to the Williamstown Theatre Festival and has served as acquisitions consultant for Susan B. Anthony Museum in Adams; Holly/Williams House Museum in Lakeville, Connecticut; Falls Village Museum in Falls Village, Connecticut; and the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Most recently, she completed an appraisal of a 250-piece clothing collection for Falls Village Historical Society in Falls Village, Connecticut.

To register for the program, please contact Nan Fischlein, program coordinator, at nfischlein@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or 413-542-2034.