CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks: Kay Demlow “From the Skin Out: What They Were Wearing Underneath”

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery, Coos Bay


Online bookings are not currently available for this event. Admission, if applicable, is payable at the front desk.

Kay Demlow

From the Skin Out: What They Were Wearing Underneath

Historically, women’s fashions have reflected the social and artistic trends of their times. From waistlines to sleeves, hems to necklines, 19th century styles seemed to change every few years. Underneath it all, women’s underpinnings changed, too! Fashion and technologies combined to produce an astonishing array of corsets, petticoats and other feminine garments, all designed to conform to society’s ideals. Who wore these items? (And, who didn’t wear them?)

Fashion historian Kay Demlow will answer these questions and more with her talk, “From the Skin Out: What Our Ancestors Didn’t Show Us.” Using images from 19th century art, advertising, photographs and museum collections, she will share the secrets of feminine fashion. Along the way, we will all gain a deeper understanding of 19th century women’s lives.

Kay Demlow is the owner, designer and dressmaker of Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing, a home-based business in Hillsboro, Oregon.  The business began with a love of the craft of fine sewing and a deep appreciation of historic preservation. Kay has created authentic reproduction clothing for historic sites, pageants, Oregon Trail wagon train travelers, media productions, theaters and living history reenactments.  She creates and presents interpretive programs and fashion shows. For more information about Kay and Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing, go to

Kay Demlow is active in local and national historical groups.  She is a member of the Hillsboro Historical Society, the Washington County Historical Society History Roundtable, Restore Oregon, Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums, Friends of Historic Champoeg, Hillsboro Landmarks Advisory Committee and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She is the founder and a coordinator of the Edwardian Society of Oregon. She not only studies and sews historic clothes; she wears them at historic events throughout the year.

Doors open at 6pm
Museum exhibits and store open until 8:30pm
Free with paid museum admission
CHM Members get in free

First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino.

All events subject to change.