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Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

The Making of The Versailles Court Gown

Date of Exhibition: Fall 2023 – Present

Curator: Maya Jones (3rd year History and Theatre Arts student studying costume design at the University of Pittsburgh)

Location: Digital Interactive Wall, Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Description: This exhibit results from 8 months of research into how to construct a French court gown. You will learn about the pieces that make up the ensemble and the birth of the modern fashion industry in the 1700s, including micro trends and a thriving 2nd hand clothing industry. You will also learn about the misconceptions and realities surrounding Marie-Antoinette's notorious overconsumption. Holdings from ULS & European cultural heritage institutions and Jones' work are included.

See the replica Versailles Court Gown constructed by Jones in person! Location: Hillam 3rd floor (outside elevators)


Exhibit Photographs