19th Century Ladies’ Fashion

February 25, 2020 – August 9, 2020

A Spotlight Exhibit of Historical Figures by George Stuart

In 2017, through a generous donation by Eunice and E.G. Hernandez and Family, the museum acquired a collection of 32 one-quarter-life-size Historical Figures made by artist George Stuart. Created between 1957 and 1958, these early works by Mr. Stuart include individuals who were the driving force that shaped human history, featuring the famous and infamous from ancient civilizations, European nobility, and political crusades. Spotlight exhibits through the year feature different selections from the collection through a variety of themes.

This selection of Historical Figures by George Stuart provides an overview of the changing shape of women’s gowns from the end of the 18th century until the advent of the 20th century. During this period, the silhouette of the dress changed every decade, moving from a loose docile fit to a more structured shape– sometimes mimicking menswear. When we reach the 20th century, women begin to rally for equal opportunity in society. With women’s desire to be taken more seriously, structured clothing that allows for more freedom of movement becomes fashionable.

The Historical Figures on display in this exhibit are; Maria Fitzherbert, Caroline of Brunswick, Walking Dress ca. 1815, Lincoln Era Lady, and Alexandra, Princess of Wales.

Exhibition Support

This exhibition is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our 2020 Exhibition Season is supported in part by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine. Tucson Lifestyle Magazine is Tucson's only glossy, monthly city magazine, targeting Southern Arizona’s affluent residents. With over 35 years of publishing experience, Tucson Lifestyle is committed to highlighting the people, places, cuisine, and attractions that make our city unique.