Join us for an exhibit exploring the changing styles and attitudes towards fashion from 1870-1930 in Southampton. With the arrival of the railroad in 1870, Southampton began its swift ascent to fashionable status. New Yorkers could now make the trip in a few hours. While the early years of the Southampton summer colony were marked by a professed enthusiasm for the informal pleasures of country life, it was perhaps inevitable that the taste for Gilded Age excess would begin to assert itself among the colonists. Afternoon teas, picnics, and intimate soirees lost favor to be replaced by the formal balls and extravagant entertainments. All pretense of rural simplicity was dropped when women began arriving with trunk loads of gowns and accessories and organizing a social agenda as elaborately choreographed as the one they knew in the city. With the arrival of the new century, a younger generation began moving away from the excesses and formality of the Gilded Age. The 1920s brought good times to Southampton, and with them the flapper, who had no use for styles that had kept women confined and corseted for too long.