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Of special interest are the physically constraining corsets, hoops and bustles that contorted the female figure to a fetishized form.
The lavish display includes elaborate, exquisitely hand-worked dresses, undergarments, hats, fans and other accessories considered indispensable to the properly-attired woman’s wardrobe.
“Slaves to Fashion” runs Jan. 25 through March 30 at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St. in the heart of historic old town.
Museum hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with adult admission of $4, youth ages 12 -17 $2 and children under 12 admitted at no charge.