If you think getting dressed every morning is a chore, imagine what it took for a woman to look good in the 1700s. There were petticoats and stays, of course—but also a whole lot of other things under those skirts too. From detachable “pockets” to hip pads and bum rolls designed to lift a woman’s skirts and make her waist look small.   Curious to know exactly what it took to get dressed in the 18th century? Come learn from Old York’s own historic clothing experts, Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson, as they explain the complexities of a woman’s wardrobe. As living history enthusiasts, they have extensive experience constructing and wearing reproduction clothing. Using a combination of historic and reproduction examples, Peterson and Henry will examine each layer of clothing, explore various clothing construction techniques and materials, and discuss the difference between lower- and upper-class garments.

Venue Details
Old York Historical Society
3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine, 03909, United States
Proceeds from this event provide essential support for the many things Old York cares for and cares about—16 buildings, 20 properties, 5 full-time and 25 part-time employees, more than 20,000 artifacts, 50,000 archival objects in the library—and helps us serve thousands of people annually through tours, educational programs, exhibitions, and special events.