Many fashions for the event come from Tina Davis-Hersey and Carolyn Davis, whose collection includes original outfits and costumes the mother-daughter duo created from historic patterns. The show looks at daily Victorian life, from dressing in the morning to dancing in the evening. Music from Silver Strings, a quartet from the Carson City Symphony, will complement the clothing.
Curator Jan Loverin has also installed two cases featuring women’s winter wear from the 1910s and the 1920s. In dramatic black and white, each case features beautiful silk velvet outerwear and accessories.
The museum’s most recent exhibition, “Dress and Designer,” features two inaugural ball gowns worn by First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, one for the ball in Las Vegas and the other in Reno. Both gowns use the same fabric with similar skirts, but the design and cut of each bodice and jacket are very different. The exhibition also showcases the design work of fashion designer and University of Nevada, Reno art professor Virginia Vogel.
Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for the event. A reception with refreshments, silent auction and raffle will follow the show. Tickets cost $30 and available now at the Nevada State Museum Store. To maximize the experience for guests, only 90 tickets will be sold, so space is limited. Proceeds benefit the museum and the Carson City Historical Society.
The museum is at 600 N. Carson St. For more information, visit www.travelnevada.com.