Last week I attended an excellent talk at Mount Stewart on Costumes from 1700s to about 1920 given by Laura Thorp. Of course I took quite a number of photographs and I have divided them into 2 parts, one I will show you today and the second on Wednesday, when I will also be showing you a video of one of our members being helped into one of the costumes.
Laura was beautifully turned out in this period costume and explained to us how important all the under garments where to the overall look of the fashion at the time. She not only made this costume including the hat herself but makes all the costumes.
Every lady would have a pocket (above) not as we have today. There would be a slit in all the undergarment and dresses and the pocket would be tied round the waist under them all. Ladies would keep all their jewels and valuable in that pocket.
This was followed by these items I have photographed and the mannequin that she was dressing, would have had up to 7 petticoats under the dress ordinaraly.
This is one kind of small bustle and what looks like a skirt to us (below)
is in fact called a pedicoat.
Finally she dressed the mannequin in the dress however the triangular part at the bust was separate and tied round the body. Sorry about the light on the shot below but Laura had the projector on while she was talking.
It wasn’t until later that woman started wearing what we call ‘pants/ knickers’ and to begin with there were 2 completely separate legs with tape to attach round the waist and sometimes ladies would find one had loosened and was at their feet. This item ( above) has the leg material attached togeher at the waist so if this gave way, the whole thing would fall!!!
On Wednesday, I will show you 2 members, one of whom wore a skirt with a bigger bustle than the one above and the dress will have a train, so to keep it clean, this would have been the undergarment for that kind of costume.
Lastly today I am showing you boots worn much later on in fashion.
I am linking this post with THROUGH MY LENS.
i hope you enjoyed this very different post and I think you will enjoy Wednesdays post if you pop in.
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