Virtual Costume & Culture Exhibition

Where could you find:
Abraham Lincoln’s Great Coat?
John Philip Sousa’s Parade Coat?
Costumes from The Great Gatsby movie?
Wedding Dresses galore?
Plus gowns, tuxedos, hats, undergarments, parasols, accessories and more?
At the Sands-Willets House, in Port Washington, New York!

Spring 2020 Update


Our 2015 exhibition, “Costume & Culture: Our Heritage, Our Fashion” with its extended 6-month run, is once again available for your viewing as a 360° panoramic tour. Each week we will feature a different gallery room, linked below.  You can now wander around the Sands-Willets House and explore the exhibit in detail, without leaving home. Keep a few things in mind:

  • New clickable "i" icons allow you to read the individual captions and informational panels at your own pace.

  • Glowing red circles lead you from room to room (or use the thumbnails on the left.) 

  • NOTE: This panoramic tour can be enjoyed from your laptop or desktop computer, your tablet, and even your phone!

  • We will unveil a new themed gallery with this level of detail each week, on Wednesday at noon.

This week:  Women’s participation in sports became socially acceptable. Take a look at the different styles that were developed for various activities as America’s mass production of clothing allowed our country to pave the way in active-wear design. Women’s participation in military efforts caused yet another boom in the garment industry – in uniform production.

Read about this era of transition here!

Jump into the 360-degree panotour here

Here's the schedule of room unveilings: 

April 29: Brooks Brothers Gallery

May 6: The Gatsby Era


May 13: American Dress to the 1850s


May 20: American Dress 1860 to the 1910s


May 27: The Shirtwaist


June 3: Sports and Uniforms


June 10: Yachting Attire


June 17: The Boudoir


June 24: A Century of Wedding Dresses

As reviewed by:


skip to this week's 

360 Panotour

We hope you enjoy the exhibition!

Joan DeMeo Lager: Curatorial Director

Christopher Bain: photography, website, and 360 panotour

Betty Mintz: graphic panels, Exhibition Art Director

Fred Blumlein: caption panels

April / May 2020

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