Lecture: From Petticoats to Pockets: Getting Dressed in the 18th Century

  • November 6, 2023 6:00 PM
  • Old York Historical Society

    3 Lindsay Road
    York, Maine 03909
Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 This event is now over

If you think getting dressed every morning is a chore, imagine what it took for a woman to put herself together in the 18th century. 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 back then? Join Old York’s own historic clothing experts, Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson, as they explain the complexities of a woman’s wardrobe in the 18th century, and discuss the changes that occurred in the first half of the following century. 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.

Date & Time

Mon, Nov 6, 2023 6:00 PM

Venue Details

Old York Historical Society

3 Lindsay Road
York, Maine 03909 Old York Historical Society
Old York Historical Society

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