Fashion & Lifestyle Project - Spring 2015

This new addition to the on-line exhibition explores Hortense and the Acton family’s lifestyle by looking at five of her rare and expensive Callot Soeurs Dresses, each in a different room of the Villa. These French dresses, part of a collection of 21 Callot Soeurs and other haute couture gowns, have been selected to represent different fashion styles between the early 1900s and early 1930s. Harold Acton preserved them in steamer trunks, where they were found in excellent condition by the university. Learn more about them on the Transatlantic Modernities project website.