In this exhibit we featured three gowns that we consider being “jewels of our collection”. Additionally, we chose to highlight a seldom-displayed selection of antique parasols.
These gowns beautifully fit into our title “promenade” which means to take a leisurely walk, ride, or drive in public,especially to meet or be seen by others. The “ladies” in our exhibit would have used parasols while wearing these gowns to promenade in the park or while riding in their carriages.
A parasol is defined as a light, usually small umbrella Latin “umbra” (“shade”) carried as protection from the sun. The word parasol comes from the Latin words “parare” (“to shield”) and “sol” (“sun”).