Defying Labels: New Roles, New Clothes

June 15 - September 24

Venue Details
Lyndhurst Carriage House

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591

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The exhibit is appropriate for children of all ages. Due to the fragile nature of the exhibited clothing, we ask that parents carefully mind children under 12 and request that parents hold the hand of young children to prevent any touching of the clothing on view.

When Lyndhurst mounted the couture exhibit Defying Labels: New Roles, New Clothes last year, the exhibit curators never imagined they’d discover new items in private hands that would form the basis of this year’s re-staging.

These fateful discoveries will become part of the remounted exhibition, which tells the story of the revolutionary changes in women’s roles from the 1880s to 1940 as reflected in the clothes of Helen Gould, Edith Kingdon Gould and Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, each a relative of railroad baron Jay Gould. With a focus on daywear, the exhibition highlights the development of the design attitudes and vocabulary that are direct precursors to modern dressing.

The stunning collection of gowns, dresses, sportswear, and accessories includes more than 30 ensembles – from flouncy and feminine to sleek and modern. Hallmark luxury brand names like Tiffany, Faberge, Cartier, Worth and Louis Vuitton, among others, are included. This second staging of the exhibit offers new elements for return visitors and a final chance for visitors who missed the original run.

Exhibit admission is included with mansion tours. Do not purchase an exhibit ticket if you have already purchased a tour ticket.

Guests may purchase an exhibit-only ticket for $10 below.  

The exhibition is general admission. Exhibit entry hours are 10:45 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday through Monday. Last entry at 4:00 pm.