What was in Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s closet? Culminating the Hamilton Was Here project to fashion two new gowns as if they had been discovered there, learn how Hamilton: An American Musical costume design influenced this 2018-2019 collaboration. In a fashion presentation and panel conversation with the Museum’s Fashioning Eliza designer and seamstress Samantha McCarty, I, Eliza Hamilton author Susan Holloway Scott and Museum Education staff, see Philadelphia’s quick style changes in only 10 years. Compare a gown that Elizabeth Schuyler, a native New Yorker, might have worn to meet the young officer Alexander Hamilton during his military leave in winter 1777 with how she restyled herself as Mrs. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in the new United States capital, Philadelphia, in 1787.
Guests of all ages are invited to pose for their own portrait and try on similar fashions in a levee, or social gathering, to recreate Eliza’s experience visiting First Lady Martha Washington’s home in Philadelphia. After the panel conversation and photo opportunities in the #FashioningEliza Style Cast, join author Susan Holloway Scott for a book signing featuring I, Eliza Hamilton outside the Museum store. Support for the Fashioning Eliza project is provided in part by David and Kim Adler.