The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Coaticook offer a great opportunity to reconstruct a segment of the history of clothing from our local inhabitants. A history closely linked to the Western world as a whole. The selection focused on the dress is fully justified by the place it has always occupied in the female wardrobe. In fact, it symbolizes finesse and elegance, fundamental concept in relation to the esthetic of clothing.
From 1890 to today, the phenomenon of fashion played by different stylistic changes, has enabled the production of multiple forms of dresses. The backbone of these changes is none other than the cohort of designers who have put their mark on this piece of clothing. From Charles Frédéric Worth, fashion designer known in the Western world of Quebecers, Jean-Claude Poitras, Philippe Dubuc etc., as well as Jean-Paul Gauthier and Christian Lacroix who have all created sufficient material to enable the reconstitution in the history of the dress throughout time. This fortune of choices inevitably includes various kinds of dresses worn in many circumstances of life. Thus, it is necessary to make the distinction between the day dress, the evening dress, the wedding dress, a stage costume, etc.
More than twenty, carefully chosen pieces, are on exhibit; these dresses are mostly from the collection of the Beaulne Museum, but one. A booklet will also accompany this exhibit underlining the evolution of the dress.
We would like to thank the Corporation of the 150th anniversary of Coaticook for their financial support in the realization of this exhibition.