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Coffee Talk: Speaking of Unmentionables

Coffee Talk
Speaking of Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies’ Underwear
Presented by guest speaker Ellie Carlson

Women’s fashions are shaped, literally and figuratively, by their underclothes.  Throughout history a woman’s frame has not always been entirely her own.  Delicate pieces of linen and lace, stiff corsets, and sturdy hoops and bustles are fascinating to modern eyes.  They are the unseen history of an era.  Modern contrivances are no less remarkable.

This novel and sometimes naughty* presentation will unveil facts and expose myths about women’s unmentionables.  It includes stories from real women past and present and their amusing and sometimes uncomfortable relationship with their foundations.  Participants will also view actual examples of historic underwear.

*Ladies only, Gentlemen always welcome

Coffee Talk programs are held at the Des Plaines History Center. Admission is free; $3 suggested donation.