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.
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.
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.
June 10 – August
Cotton is king with a feature of lightest textiles and apparel. Highlighting patriotic celebrations at the turn of the 19th century.
August 12 – November
Featuring mourning rituals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and highlighting the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.
November 1 – mid-January,
Festive Victorian décor highlighting our toy and doll collections. Lavish holiday apparel and warm woolen textiles are also featured.