Monday, May 17, 2010

Wheatland Pictures

A few more pictures from the Wheatland tea that I've been meaning to post!

This week I'm doing a school program at a local Pittsburgh High School - a 2 hour class each day on Historical Fashions. I'm talking about clothing throughout history - and bringing in some reproductions for students to try on, Costume Design and other careers in the field and showing my portfolio, we're taking a field trip to a local museum to see their historical clothing collection and chat with their curator, and our big project is making Swiss Waists. Each of the students is making a Swiss Waist like those worn in the 1860s, except they're modifying them to look chic with modern clothing. All of their designs are really cute! I'll post pictures of the finished projects! On the last day we're finishing up the Swiss Waists while we watch a costume movie. I'm so excited to share my passion for historical clothing!

Above: I borrowed my mother's silk dress to wear. It's worn over my 98" circumference cage crinoline.

Look at this great original 1860s shawl that my mother purchased for a few dollars at a local auction! It looks perfect with this dress.

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  1. Girl, if you are ever looking to just, I dunno, give away some of your older dresses, I will take them in a heart beat! I work at a living history museum and need stuff desprately! All your stuff is beautiful.

  2. You look like you just stepped out of a history book or traveled back in time. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Very nice! Super cute umbrella!

  4. Thank you!

    Chandra - hehe! I'll keep you in mind. ;)

  5. I agree with the others, your gowns are beautiful.

  6. I adore your gowns! You're gowns are literally some of the best reproduction gowns I've ever seen! Simply beautiful work!