Exhibitions & Collections

Woodruff-Fontaine House exhibition photo

Woodruff-Fontaine has one of the most extensive Victorian era fashion to 1920′s clothing collections in the South. We have over 1,000 pieces in our collections, from wedding gowns to undergarments, and everything in between. We change our displays several times a year, so there’s always something new to see. See our exhibition schedule.

Some highlights of our collections include an exquisite bustled wedding gown, which cost “thousands of dollars” in 1880, and a black wedding gown, worn by a 14-year-old bride in mourning. A very rare black silk maternity mourning dress, and a Worth gown, as well as many Edwardian lace tea dresses, and intricately embellished bodices, are just some of the treasures awaiting your visit. Children’s clothing, and the beautifully embroidered petticoats, corsets, stockings, shifts, nightgowns and robes are also on display.


…an exquisite bustled wedding gown, which cost “thousands of dollars” in 1880, and a black wedding gown, worn by a 14-year-old bride in mourning…

Be sure to check our exhibition schedule for the current showcase in Woodruff-Fontaine House. Private tours of the collection may be arranged by calling or emailing.

Exhibition schedule

Victorian Romance

January 21 – March 6
A focus on silver tokens of affection, vintage valentines, and the language of love through fans and flowers. Highlighting Memphis Mardi Gras and Carnival.

Spring Awakenings

March 18 – May 29
Featuring our fine millinery collection for Lenten and Easter season and a return to lighter fashions. Highlighting Memphis Carnival and Memphis in May.

Southern Summers

June 10 – August 
Cotton is king with a feature of lightest textiles and apparel. Highlighting patriotic celebrations at the turn of the 19th century.

Aug 12

Mourning Memphis

 

August 12 – November 
Featuring mourning rituals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and highlighting the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.

Victorian Yuletide

November 1 – mid-January, 
Festive Victorian décor highlighting our toy and doll collections. Lavish holiday apparel and warm woolen textiles are also featured.