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.