Art Exhibition: “Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes”

On Display: Saturday, January 23, 2016 to Sunday, March 6, 2016 and Saturday, March 19, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibit will be closed Monday, March 7, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016

This exhibition is organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is $5; no charge for Four Arts members and children 14 and younger.

Limited edition exhibition catalogs will be available for purchase at the gallery reception desk.

Costume balls ranked among the most splendid high society entertainments in the 1920s. These fanciful and elaborate affairs are examined through the prism of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s fascinating life in Palm Beach at Mar-a-Lago and her collection of fabulous fancy dress costumes. The exhibition provides colorful insight into this historic era of American history, and a rarely-seen glimpse into Post’s remarkable life as a pioneering businesswoman, philanthropist, art collector and style icon.

This exhibition, from the collection of the Hillwood Museum, focuses on intricate dress costumes that were designed specifically for Post when she attended elaborate charity balls.

Included in the exhibition are actual costumes worn by Post, as well as many accessories such as headdresses, shoes, and fans.

“Marjorie dressed as Marie Antoinette for the Beaux Arts Ball,” New York City, 1927, Photographed by Gabor Eder, Image courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens Archives

“Marjorie dressed as Marie Antoinette for the Beaux Arts Ball,” New York City, 1927, Photographed by Gabor Eder, Image courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens Archives

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Illustrated Lecture with Howard Vincent Kurtz
associate curator of costumes & textiles at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C. 
11:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday, February 27, 2016
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium
No charge for lecture admission
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