The Victorian era was a golden age for Saratoga Springs, with people from around the world flocking to the resort — renowned as the Queen of Spas — to take the waters and hobnob at the opulent hotels lining Broadway. An upcoming exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art offers a glimpse at clothes worn during the era — from the luxurious outfits worn at swanky Saratoga balls to the everyday garb of upstate New Yorkers. Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection opens Oct. 7, showcasing part of the institute’s costume collection. From wedding gowns to walking suits, the garments reflect the changes in styles during the reign of the British monarch Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Practical everyday styles are juxtaposed with garments of incredible beauty and design, with the luxury of the Victorian era reflected in the jewel-rich tones and textures of the fabrics: plaid taffetas, plush velvets and shimmering silk satins. For more information, call (518) 463-4478 or visit albanyinstitute.org.
Admission to the Albany Institute is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, free for members and active military; children 6-12 are $6 and children under 6 are free. The Albany Institute is open for free on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday.