So what is involved in providing documentation for your clothing? It's actually much easier than you think. Over the next week, we are going to share several examples, from working class to gentry. The good news is, that it does not require writing a master's thesis, much of the work has already been done for you, if you look hard enough. There are great reference books at your disposal to draw from, as well as countless on-line sources; and for you overachievers out there, well, the sky's the limit.
Today, we're going to start with gentry kit for a lady.......
Gentry Kit for a Lady: 1773
Shift: Linen, based on Copp Family shift at the Smithsonian Institute, CT provenance
Stays: From pattern drafted from pair at Memorial Hall, Deerfield, MA
|(In progress: silk & wool covered stays)|
Gown: Modeled after Dorothy Quincy portrait by John Singleton Copley – pink silk taffeta, open front 1772
Cap – Wired, lace with silk ribbon
Apron: Linen – hand embroidered
MFA accession# 64.1913 New England provenance
Handkerchief: Fine Linen trimmed with lace – Gainsborough, Countess Howe 1763
Hat – Straw trimmed with white silk ribbon - Gainsborough, Countess Howe 1763
|Thomas Gainsbourgh 1763 - Countess Howe|
Fabric & Trim Samples
Shoes: Silk Shoes
Silk covered shoes by American Duchess – silk dyed blue
Next: We'll take a look at a middlin' kit using many resources you are probably already familiar with.