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September 30, 2002

10th Annual Gala at the Gallery celebrates opening of "Language of Clothing" exhibition

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the 10th annual Gala at the Gallery will host “An Evening of Timeless Fashions” in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, “The Language of Clothing,” at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

“The Language of Clothing” can be seen at the Wallace Museum through Oct. 26, 2003. Explore how clothing of the 1700s and early 1800s communicated status, occupation and place in the life cycle.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Gala at the Gallery will present fashion shows highlighting 300 years of style at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium. Live music spanning the time frame of these costumes plus a diverse sampling of 18th-century music will be heard throughout the museum. Colonial Williamsburg pastry chefs will prepare a dessert ensemble in the central court. The dessert buffet will be open from 7:15-10 p.m. Coffee, tea and champagne will be served. Fancy dress, including 18th- and 19th-century costume, is optional.

Colonial Williamsburg textile and costumes curator Linda Baumgarten will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, “What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America.” Jointly published by Colonial Williamsburg and Yale University Press, the book serves as a catalog for the exhibition.

Tickets for the Saturday evening Gala in the Galleries can be purchased at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations, including the Wallace Museum Gift Shop. Cost is $20 for the general public, $16 for Good Neighbors and $15 for Liberty Pass holders.

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