Exposed: Unmentionables 1900s-1960s
to Apr 29

Exposed: Unmentionables 1900s-1960s

ESSE Purse Museum is excited to announce a new temporary exhibit Exposed: Unmentionables, 1900s-1960s, which opens Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 29, and is included in regular admission price.

Typically not displayed for all to view, undergarments offer a unique view into a woman’s life and the measures she will take to achieve a certain look. This exhibit aims to showcase the evolving perceptions of the ideal female figure and the contraptions it takes to achieve it.

Pain is beauty, or is it? Certainly every woman has experienced the discomfort of a binding undergarment, but the pain inflicted by these present-day garments is minor compared to what women were expected to endure. As we look back to the early 1900s, typically restrictive foundation garments are beginning to be designed with a woman’s well being in mind. The invention of new materials and evolving beauty ideals led to less of a reliance on these garments to mold a woman’s body and more on them to enhance the beauty that is innately present.

The artifacts on display are from ESSE’s permanent collection and include dress forms, corsets, advertisements, slips, photographs and other special accessories.

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Mardi Gras Parade
12:00 PM12:00

Mardi Gras Parade

SoMa is hosting their Mardi Gras Parade on Feruary 10 at 12 p.m. 

The parade will begin at the intersection of S. Main and 24th Street in Little Rock. 

Floats and walkers will head down South Main until the parade concludes at the intersection of S. Main and 12th Street. 

We are looking for Parade Entries - Mardi Gras Kings & Queens, Festive Walking Groups, Floats with Music, Marching Bands, Youth Groups, Vintage Cars, etc. This is a Mardi Gras Celebration and your entry should reflect the spirit. A cash prize will be awarded to the most authentic, Louisiana-style parade entry! There is no entry fee but a registration form is required.

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