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Colonial Williamsburg! Peeking in the Milinary Shop Window

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Today, we tend to think that in America during the 1700s clothing styles changed little with three-cornered hats, wigs and floor-length gowns serving as fashion mainstays. Popular perception, however, is wrong. Fashion in Colonial Virginia was vibrant, fickle, fleeting, fun and something of an obsession for the middle and upper classes. It also was part of the Trans-Atlantic trade between Great Britain and her American colonies.

?Keep in mind that fashion changed as fast as the weather in England and hence in Virginia, therefore what style or philosophy was in vogue one year would be forgotten the next,? said Whitacre who oversees the interpretation at the millinery shop. ?It is comforting to know that 18th Century people were concerned about the rapidly changing fashion and the amount of time, energy and money lavished on fashion as we are in this century.?

This 18th Century love of fashion and the art of making clothes are expressed exuberantly, passionately and pleasantly at Colonial Williamsburg's millinery shop. It is a bright, busy, entertaining place. Through the skill and involvement of the shop's main three tradespeople (augmented at times by other fashion trade interpreters), the clothes of the 1700s come alive, taking on a vibrancy denied them in a static museum display.


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gnt1041

Thanks for this post warbler

warbler

I thought you would notice, JC. :-) Thanks.

Thanks for the insight Tex. your right of course. I like your new avitar.

texasstar7

And so it goes. Nothing but the style has changed. Women will forever spend lots of money on trends, and they will forever change from season to season! Gotta love the fashion industry! Thanks, Warbler.

jacquescamus

beautiful woman!

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