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Your search for posts with tags containing 18th century fashion found 19 posts

Two Refashioned Silk Dresses

Photograph by Laura Wulf @Massachusetts Historical SocietyExhibit Teaser: Two refashioned silk dresses will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society ( ‘Fashioning the New England...
From: SilkDamask on 28 Dec 2017

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking Spotlight + Book Giveaway!

Not long after I started blogging here I came across Lauren Stowell's blog on historical costuming. A long time follower, I was delighted to learn that Lauren, teamed up with Abby Cox, has recently published a book on 18th-century dressmaking.  Let's...

Lecture: "'For the heat is beyond your conception:' Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century"

On Thursday, July 13, join Neal Hurst, Associate Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for an illustrated lecture, entitled  "'For the heat is beyond your conception:' Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century" ...
From: SilkDamask on 8 Jul 2017

Fashioning the New England Family, Massachusetts Historical Society

MassFashion: Fashioning the New England Family Massachusetts Historical Society October 2018 – March 2019 I am delighted to announce that I am serving as the Guest Curator for ‘Fashioning the New England Family’ which will be on view...
From: SilkDamask on 8 May 2017

Pretty in Pink

We thought it was about time for another fashion post so today we’re focusing on the pink fashions of the Georgian Era – we hope you’ll enjoy. Mary, Countess Howe, c1764, Gainsborough, Kenwood CollectionDuring the 1700s pastel colours...
From: All Things Georgian on 7 Feb 2017

A Georgian Vignette

Fancy a little Sunday tea with this glam Georgian couple - 1760s style? Peering into this fabulous vignette makes one feel a trifle voyeuristic, inspecting the sumptuous clothing, the contents of the tea table, the interior architecture and palette....
From: SilkDamask on 25 Dec 2016

Was green fashionable in the 18th century?

As we haven’t written any fashion related posts for a while we thought it might be interesting to look at both clothing and paintings showing the vast array of colours worn in Georgian fashion, but, as our regular readers will be aware we got side-tracked...
From: All Things Georgian on 27 Oct 2016

A Pocketbook For Benjamin Stuart, 1763

This vibrant crewel pocketbook was made for Benjamin Stuart of Boston and is dated 1763. It is held in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society ( The pocketbook features a brightly hued pastoral view with vining...
From: SilkDamask on 20 Sep 2016

An Exceptional Embroidered Silk Waistcoat Worn by Lt. Gov. William Tailer, 1720s-1730s

Lieutenant Governor William Tailer’s Embroidered Silk Waistcoat (by 1730) As part of my research fellowship at the Massachussetts Historical Society, I spent time examining two waistcoats in the collection – one owned by Andrew Oliver and...
From: SilkDamask on 17 Aug 2016

18th Century Stomachers

Like everything in fashion, stomachers came in and out of vogue, but during the 18th century they were very much statement pieces especially those made for the wealthier members of society and the newspapers always deemed elaborate stomachers worthy of...
From: All Things Georgian on 28 Jun 2016

18th-century Inspired: The Nutcracker

Although The Nutcracker was first performed in December of 1892, artist Mihail Chemiakin looked to the 18th Century for inspiration when he re-imagined the Nutcracker Ballet for the Kirov Ballet.  The artist created his own vision of the story- incredibly...

A Silk Damask Dress, c. 1760s: Margaret Hunter Shop Milliners and Mantuamakers

Detail of silk damask Apprentice Abby measuring  Journeywoman Sarah taking advantage of daylight for sewing I was very fortunate to be able to spend time recently at the Margaret Hunter Milliners and Mantuamakers at Colonial Williamsburg,...
From: SilkDamask on 28 Oct 2015

Don't Have the Stomacher For It?

Research is ongoing, still exciting and still turning up information to share even after all these years.This past summer Larkin & Smith had two exciting opportunities for research, writing the standards for the "Stamp Act" 1765 event in Newport,...

Georgian Hair and Clothing – Fashionable but Fatal

The extravaganza, or, The mountain head dress of 1776 Courtesy of Lewis Walpole LibraryGeorgian fashion dictated that women wore ‘big dresses’ accompanied by even bigger hair  so with all that fabric and ‘high hair’ fashion...
From: All Things Georgian on 15 Jul 2015

Pleats, Puffs, Ribbons, Ruffles & Ruching

In preparation for the arrival of the Hermoine, there are several things that you can do to dress up your impression that won’t take lots of time or money.  We know many ladies are taking advantage of this event to break out their finer clothes. ...

Flower Frenzy

Back to blogging and hope that everyone has enjoyed the posts on Stroke Gathers by Steph.  A lovely technique to use on your shifts and shirts.  We will be condensing and putting the sequence on our website as well for future reference. While...

Full Dress, Half Dress and Undress Caps

Attributed to CopleyWe as reenactors/costumers don't generally stray into the area of using silk gauze as a fabric for a cap. A couple of reasons for that include access to the fabric, and not knowing that you can use such a light and airy fabric and...

18th Century Dress Layers and Steps

  Recently on twitter @RaffiJefri asked me about the step by step process of wearing an 18th-century gown such as one Marie Antoinette might have worn.  This is a fun question and there are some really excellent resources on this...

Cap Nomenclature

Skipping ahead a little, just because.  Many thanks to Natalie and her blog, "A Frolic through Time" on links to the French Encyclopedia plates.  As always any information is helpful and appreciated. I have been trying to focus on the English...

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