Witness the dramatic evolution of special occasion attire between 1870-1980 in Stepping Out: The Art of Formal Wear. This exhibition will feature items from the Peabody Historical Society’s costume collection including gowns, suits, capes, coats, hats, and jewelry that illustrate how men and women “dressed to the nines” from the Victorian period through the modern era.

Stepping Out: The Art of Formalwear is on view at the Peabody Historical Society from November 13, 2011 to April 15, 2012. The exhibit is on display in the Gideon Foster House, 33 Washington Street, and the Cassidy Art Museum, 35 Washington Street, in Peabody. OPENING RECEPTION – Sunday, November 13, 2011, 1-4 pm, Cassidy Art Museum. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Evening Gown, ca. 1936-1938