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Planning to see the exhibition? Enhance your visit by attending one of our exhibition-related programs below. 

Exhibit Tour: “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution

Offered every Thursday at 1 p.m. from October 13, 2016 through April 27, 2017

Free, Drop-In

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution. View dozens of outfits to see how Americans navigated the tricky waters of fashion and identity after gaining independence. Would America follow the fashions of Europe? Or would it shun the aristocratic fashions and risk losing the respect of the European countries it still traded with? Find out here!

Groups of 10 or more, contact museum@dar.org for group tour options.


Museum Lecture: Republican Mothers - Clothed with Purpose

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

If you thought fashion was purely aesthetic, think again! Explore the socio-political ideology of early American women through the drastic evolution of waistlines, fabrics, and silhouettes of late 18th century dress with Samantha Dorsey, Curator of Collections at George Mason's Gunston Hall. Then visit the DAR Museum's current exhibit to see some of these fashions for yourself.

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Workshop: Pretty Little Bags: Exploring 19th century Inked Bags

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sign up for one of the two sessions: 9:30am-12:00pm or 2:00pm-4:30pm. $45 per person; Register on Eventbrite

In the collection of the DAR are a group of unique little bags made of lightweight cotton and decorated with lovely little inked designs.  Some have the addition of prose and perhaps the name of the owner or giver.  These little bags were something a young girl who was honing her sewing skills could make.  Easy to assemble, fun to decorate and far less tedious then their embroidered counterparts they might have been given as friendship tokens in the early 19th century.  Join Angela Burnley as we explore and make our own little bags based on the ones in the collection. Bring your fabric scissors and paper scissors, pins, needles and white and cream cotton thread.  The remainder of the materials will be provided.

About the presenter: Angela Burnley is the owner of Burnley and Trowbridge Company, a historic business specializing in textiles and related items of the 17th, 18th and early 19th century.  She is the founder and sponsor of the "Historic Fashion Workshop Series", a series of hands-on workshops teaching the "making techniques" of the Mantua Maker, Milliner and Tailor, now in its 15th year.   She is also an independent researcher concentrating in historic textile and costume and has presented at museums and professional symposium throughout the United States including the DAR Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.  

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Museum Lecture: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Cosmetics of Early America

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Free, Drop-In

You've heard the horror of lead and arsenic as beauty aids from the past. But what else did people use? Was it all bad? Discover both the deadly and the harmless ingredients involved, and what was acceptable in 18th and 19th century America. Samples included! (…Of the safe stuff, don’t worry.)

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An Agreeable Evening

Friday, March 24, 2017, 5:00pm-7:30pm

$25 per person; Register Here

Join us for a 19th-century happy hour at the DAR Museum! The evening will include live folk music by local musicians, tastings of various hard ciders, light hors d’oeuvres, and tours of our special exhibit "An Agreeable Tyrant": Fashion After the Revolution. Come explore the DAR Museum after-hours and discover what it means to have an 'agreeable evening.'

Staff from Distillery Lane Ciderworks, a family-owned cidery in Jefferson, Maryland, will provide tastings of their popular hard ciders. Tickets include samples of two hard ciders but additional tastings will be available for purchase. For more information on Distillery Lane Ciderworks, see their website.

This late night event may be paired with our event "An Agreeable Symposium" on Saturday, March 25th. Register for the symposium here

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An Agreeable Symposium

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm

$125 per person; Register Here. Registration deadline: March 11, 2017

Join the DAR Museum for this all-day symposium! Based on the current exhibit "An Agreeable Tyrant": Fashion After the Revolution, these engaging speakers will explore the following topics:

  • Who Wore What When and Where? - Alden O'Brien, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, DAR Museum
  • Race-Based Fashion in the New Nation:  Re-centering African Influences within American Culture - Katie Knowles, PhD
  • A Tale of Two Suits: George Washington and the Quest for Aesthetic Independence, 1783-1815 - Linzy Brekke-Aloise, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Gender Studies, Stonehill College
  • Imports, Homespun, and Industry:  Apparel Textiles of Federal-Era America - Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles, National Museum of American History
  • Republican Raiment and Federal Foppery: Men’s Fashion in America, 1780-1830 - Mark Hutter, Tailor, Colonial Williamsburg
  • Paste and Pearls: Jewelry of the Federal Era - Taylor Shelby, Dames a la Mode

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