I'm honored to have been asked to give a presentation about 1860s dress to the local chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy this fall. This is super exciting! I'll be preparing my talk this summer.
During the event, I want to have my 3 dress forms dressed in various examples of period dress. One dressform I plan to have dress in undergarmrents - chemise, drawers, petticoats, corset, and cage. I will also be wearing period dress. I plan to mostly stick to the basics of fashion, fabrics, dress styles and purposes, undergarments and accesories. I don't want to get into overwhelming details for the people who have never studied period dress before. Also I want to dicuss common myths and misconstructions about 1860s clothing.
So - my question for any of you who would consider themselves 'newbies' to period correct dress - what questions would you like answered? I would love input - because having learnt the 'basics' years ago, it's hard to remeber what questions I had myself when I was first beginning. :^)
And for the period dress experts - have you done this sort of thing before? Advice?
I'm truly excited about this oppurtunity!
On another note - thank you to everyone who has entered the giveaway! Keep them coming!