Byline: Neeti Madhok

For a fashion history fix, try the Wages House, a restored Victorian cottage owned by Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga. On display are garments from the personal collection of former Brenau student Bete Todd Wages.
Now on show are designer garments from the Thirties through Fifties, 18th and 19th century furniture and rugs and turn-of-the-century pottery-porcelain.
The 2,000-square-foot gallery also has pieces from the Princess Shirazi collection. Among the oldest designer pieces is a cocktail dress by Hattie Carnegie from the Forties. Others include pieces by Cristobal Balenciaga, Molly Parnis, Marcel Rochas, James Galanos, Oleg Cassini, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass and Pauline Trigere.
“Through the gallery, we hope to promote the importance of clothing as an art form,” said Janet Morley, director.
The January exhibition features underpinnings, petticoats, corsets, a 1937 trousseau from the Irvine-Little family of Cornelia, Ga., and formal gowns from the Princess Shirazi collection.
Wages House is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and other days by appointments. For more information, call 770-534-6252.

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