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October 23, 1997|By Randi Kest

History and fashion

Improve your fashion sense while learning the history of the wardrobe at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the "Best Dressed: A Celebration of Style" exhibit. Being held until Jan. 4, 1998, this celebration of fashion from over the globe features more than 200 objects from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Included in the exhibit is the 1956 wedding gown of Princess Grace of Monaco, a complete Japanese geisha's costume and several dresses from the 1860s and 1880s by Charles Frederick Worth, the father of French couture.

Accompanying this event is a book highlighting the Philadelphia Museum of Art's fashion collection of more than 20,000 objects from past and present. The book, written by museum curator Dilys Blum and assistant curator Kristina Haugland, includes 40 color photos of costumes and contemporary fashion drawings.

"The Best Dressed: A Celebration of Style" exhibit will be held from Oct. 21 to Jan. 4 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-8: 45 p.m. Wednesdays and is closed on Mondays. General admission is $8, $5 for senior citizens and children. Advance purchase is recommended for weekend visits for an additional surcharge of $2.75. Call 215-763-8100.

The Irish at Antietam

The bloodiest day of the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam, will be remembered Saturday during the dedication of the Irish Brigade monument. Next to the observation tower at historic "Bloody Lane," Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, a 10-foot tall, 6-foot wide, and 4-foot deep white granite memorial will be erected in memory of those members of the Irish Brigade who were killed or wounded during the infamous one-day battle.

Come remember those Irishmen who fought at Antietam, a major turning point of the Civil War, during this dedication, which is being erected 135 years after the 1862 battle. The monument, which cost $150,000, is the last national monument permitted at Antietam National Battlefield.

The dedication of the Irish Brigade Monument will be held at Bloody Lane, Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. The field Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. followed by the dedication ceremony at noon. No tickets required. Call 301-336-5167.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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