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A Unique Exhibition of Ball Gowns and Accessories in the Library

A Unique Exhibition of Ball Gowns and Accessories in the Library
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The Library exhibition complex (room 104) hosted the opening of a unique project "Glitter of Outfits and the Secrets of Flirting" on March 4. The exhibits are from the private collection of Igar Surmacheuski.

Clothes, shoes, hats, accessories of the 17th – early 20th century, invitations to balls and dinner parties, ladies' boudoir table, miraculously saved in Hrodna, a boudoir mirror framed by swans, made by French masters from Nice; and all those little things, without which a lady can not do even now: perfume bottles, sets for needlework, jewelry, bracelets, brooches, combs and hairpins...

The exhibition includes more than 300 items worthy of being presented in the best museums of the world: a ball gown made by the famous couturier Baron Christophe von Drecoll for Marie Valerie Habsburg; an ermine muff decorated with silk; a light dress "Wild pansy" for boudoir and morning breakfast; the so-called "tea dress"; purple brocade ball gown with "brooche" floral pattern, made by a Parisian fashionista (“Mme Chaux. 70 rue Truffaut, Paris”).

Ms Alena Dalgopolava, First Deputy Director General made a welcome speech at the opening of the exhibition.


Mr Igar Surmacheuski, artist, restorer and collector told about the artifacts of the past centuries in detail.


Ms Volga Labacheuskaja, Professor of Ethnology and Folklore of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, Doctor of Art Studies and Ms Galina Miashkova, Assistant Professor of Decorative and Applied Arts of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Candidate of Art Studies emphasized the value of the exhibition.

The ball is listening to music, dancing, getting to know each other, dating, flirting, deciphering mysterious looks, gestures, fan swings, invisible correspondence and light touch of the partner's hand during the dance... You can see the embodiment of style and beauty of the 17th and early 20th centuries at the exhibition project "Glitter of Outfits and The Secrets of Flirting" until the end of the year.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.

Exhibition cost:
for adults – 10 rubles;
for students of secondary, specialized secondary and higher educational institutions – 5 rubles;
family ticket:
a group of two adults and one child under 16 – 21 rubles;
a group of two adults and two children under 16 – 24 rubles;
a family with many children (on presentation of a confirming document) – 24 rubles.

Free admission to the exhibition with the right to take photos and videos is allowed for children under 8 years of age, inmates of children's homes, people with disabilities (on presentation of a relevant document), as well as the accompanying persons for groups of schoolchildren, pupils of educational institutions (1 accompanying person per 10 children).

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For more info: (+375 17) 368 37 37, 293 29 80.

Public Relations Department.


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