little black dressThis exhibit features every woman's secret weapon, the classic black dress. Although a plain black dress was usually worn for periods of mourning in the Victorian/Edwardian era, it became fashionable in the 1920's with Coco Chanel and Jean Patou's designs featured in Vogue magazine

It has been the staple of women's wardrobes through the depression, the flu epidemics in the early 1900s, and World War I and II.

Whether hemlines go up or down, skirts full or straight, strapless or not, silk, cotton or polyester, sexy or conservative - the classic black dress will continue to be an essential part of most women's wardrobes.

The Little Black Dress exhibit will run throughout the year, with dresses being rotated in and out of the exhibit.

 

When You Visit

The museum is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. It is also open by appointment.

Admission is $7 per person or $25 for a household. Admission is free to all NARM and ROAM members. Kirkman House is also a Blue Star Museum that welcomes current servicemen, armed forces veterans and their families.