On Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m., local costume historian Julie Stackpole will lead a gallery tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum exhibition “Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories in Coastal Maine.” The talk will focus on Victorian dress.

Stackpole of Thomaston, a specialist on and designer of period costumes, does period costume illustration. In addition to developing her own vintage costume collection, Stackpole has made period costumes for the General Henry Knox Museum and Acadia National Park.

“Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories in Coastal Maine” opens the door into a lively time when wealthy sea captains and their spouses traveled the world and brought back cosmopolitan ideas and handiwork to their bustling Midcoast communities. The exhibition draws on the museum’s collection of 19th-century clothing and accessories including day and evening attire, nightgowns, undergarments, hats and shoes, fans and jewelry dating from 1850 to 1900. The exhibition, which is on display in the museum’s Nevelson/Berliawsky Gallery, runs through April 25.

Participation is limited to 20 people and the group will meet at the Farnsworth’s main entrance on Museum Street. The cost is $20, $15 for museum members. To reserve a spot, call 596-0949.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.