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June 24, 2010

Fashion Before Ease in Courtship in 18th-century Play at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Learn how clothing designs led to amorous designs in 18th-century courtship during the program, Fashion Before Ease – A Play with Clothes, at 6 p.m. Saturdays, July 3-Aug. 28 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This play illustrates how fashion, intrigue and love cut across all layers of station and social rank like scissors through silk.

A lady and gentleman of Williamsburg prepare for a ball and are assisted by their servants, who also have amorous designs on each other. Milliners and tailors of the town stop by to offer their advice and services.

Meet the cast during a wine and cheese reception after each program and learn more about the evolution of the program and the role of fashions in the 18th century.

Cost for the program and reception is $25 and $12 for children under six. For more information or reservations, contact 1-800-HISTORY.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educationaland cultural institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121