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The Impossible Ideal: Victorian Fashion and Femininity

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Through women’s clothing and accessories from the Fleming Museum’s collection, along with excerpts from popular American women’s magazines such as Godey’s Lady’s Book and Peterson’s Magazine, The Impossible Ideal explores how fashion embodied the many contradictions of Victorian women’s lives, and, eventually, the growing call for more diverse definitions of women’s roles and identities.

The Impossible Ideal is on view through December 14, 2018 at the Fleming Museum