Curator to speak on Victorian high fashion

As part of the Bedford Women’s Club’s 11:30 a.m. meeting on Thursday, March 17, at Fellowship Hall at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, Astrida Schaeffer will present a program titled "Victorian High Fashion, Local Flavor."

Shaeffler has been making reproduction historical clothing since 1986 and museum mannequins since 1998. She managed collections at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, for 10 years, and learned the craft of carving mannequins at the Textile Conversation Center in Lowell, Mass.

In addition to working with museums and historical societies in New England and beyond, she has curated a number of costume exhibitions, most recently "Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail."

The Bedford Women’s Club is open to women who are interested in fostering social and cultural relationships, as well as providing scholarships and charitable contributions.

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To be considered, applications must be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to the Bedford Women’s Club, Attention: Corresponding Secretary, P.O. Box 10015, Bedford, NH 03110.