Thursday, September 9, 2010

Presentation on 1860s Fashion

My presentation on 1860s fashion to the local Daughters of the Confederacy chapter was yesterday. (You may remember I mentioned preparing for it earlier in the summer) I was a teeny bit nervous the day before - but surprisingly I wasn't at all troubled when I gave my talk! It was great.

I kept my talk detailed, but focused on what I would consider 'the basics'. What consitutes 1860s fashion ideals, fabrics of the time period, proper undergarments, difference between what various classes of society would be wearing on a daily basis, etc. It's easy to talk about something you love! We had a really interesting question and answer session afterward as well. There were also some humorous moments when I was talking about the 3 modern myths about the CW era:
(1.Corsets of torture, 2. The dreaded white blouse, 3.Drab dresses)

All the ladies were very gracious, welcoming and interested - and I was glad to have been invited to speak.

Sisters! After the talk was over, we had some fun with photos in the lovely grounds surrounding the Arts center.


Rowenna said...

Looks like it was a great time! Funny--the myths of eighteenth-century clothing run somewhat similar to yours--I've espoused on them at length :) 1) Corsets (stays) of torture (I swear, I'm comfortable!); 2) The dreaded ye Olde Barmaid look 3) No, my skirts are not supposed to cover my ankles. (You have me confused with another era :))

Great pics and great clothes!

Marian said...

I'm glad your presentation went well (wish I could have been there)!! I love the costumes, too.

Annie said...

Such beautiful gowns! I would have loved to hear your presentation. =)
(You have a very lovely site, by the way.)
May the Lord bless you today.
In Christ,

SinginginHisName said...

How lovely Atlanta! I am so glad your presentation went so well and I love seeing photos! I really can't wait till my family goes to Ceder Creek battlefield for another reenactment. My wool dress is almost complete! I have the needed inspiration to finish it in time. I love your wool and your sisters dresses are wonderfu as well! As always your blog is lovely.

In Christ,

Sarah said...

Oh, I SO wish I could have been there!!!! :( Too bad.. wish I could drive *argh*.. lol!
Looks like you had a good time and I am sure your speech was very insightful and helpful! If you wrote it down on the comp, I would love a copy.. please? lol!
Thanks for the sweet comment! Miss you too!!!! Unfortunately I don't think we will get to head over to y'alls place either. *boo hoo!*

Love ya!!! Sarah

Stephanie Ann said...

I wish I could have seen it. The photos are great!


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