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.






6 comments:

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,
~Annie~

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,
Rebecca

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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