The collection of Gilded Age Costumes will be unveiled Sept. 4 in the Flagler College Rotunda, 74 King Street, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and will be on display in the Flagler Room, beginning Sept. 12, as a part of the college’s historic tours. The Sept. 4 fashion show is free and open to the public.
The genesis for the project began when Samantha Palmer discussed with colleagues creative ways to promote the college’s historic tours during St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary celebration. An historic fashion show idea sparked interest and Palmer enlisted the help of Elaina Wahl-Temple, a Theatre Arts professor and the head costumer of the department, and five Theatre Arts students.
The clothes that will be exhibited are the kind that the wealthy visitors of the Hotel Ponce de Leon would have worn — layers upon layers of garments, such as pantaloons, corsets and bustles. Both women and men’s clothing will be exhibited.