Petticoats and Frock Coats: Revolution and Victorian Age Fashions from the 1770s to 1860sby Cynthia Overbeck Bix
What would you have worn if you lived during the American Revolution or the early 1800s? It depends on who you were: • Women wore layers and layers of undergarments, including corsets, chemises, and petticoats. • Wealthy women followed fashion trends from Europe. One daring dress was the Empire-style gown, which featured a high waist, a low
What would you have worn if you lived during the American Revolution or the early 1800s? It depends on who you were: • Women wore layers and layers of undergarments, including corsets, chemises, and petticoats. • Wealthy women followed fashion trends from Europe. One daring dress was the Empire-style gown, which featured a high waist, a low neckline, bare arms, and clinging fabric. • Men of wealth wore powdered wigs in the Revolutionary era. • Men flaunted plenty of accessories, including neckties, top hats, walking sticks, and pocket watches. Women accessorized with gloves, hats, parasols, and fans. • Most farmers made do with only one or two outfits. Farm women spun yarn, wove fabric, and sewed clothing for the whole family. • At the start of the Revolutionary War, American soldiers wore their ordinary clothes into battle. Uniforms showed up later. • On southern plantations, some house slaves dressed in stylish dapper uniforms. But field slaves wore coarse, sacklike garments. • Very young boys and girls dressed alikein short-sleeved cotton dresses. After age four, boys switched to knee-length pants. Read more about Revolutionary and early 1800s fashionsfrom pantaloons to silk stockings to tricornered hatsin this fascinating book!
- Lerner Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Dressing a Nation: the History of U. S. Fashion Series
- Product dimensions:
- 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Cynthia Bix grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where family visits to historical sites that dot the East Coastincluding Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg, and Baltimore's own Fort McHenrysparked her early interest in American history, crafts, and everyday life. After moving as a teenager to the San Francisco Bay Area, she added natural sciencethe world of plants, animals, and the environmentto her interests. She has been an avid reader ever since first grade, and there's always a stack of novels on her nightstand. (Sometimes she even sneaks in a reading session when she should be cooking dinner!) Cynthia loves to write about anything and everything. In her more than 30 nonfiction books for children and adults, she has written about such diverse subjects as carnivorous plants, the water cycle, flower gardens, and the Grand Canyon. She has also written how-to-do-it books about activities from planning a backyard cottage to making impressions of animal footprints! In addition to writing books and articles, Cynthia edits books for both children and adults.
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