Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fashions of the 1860s

If you lived 150 years ago, getting dressed was not so simple,
 especially not for women.

These students and hundreds more learned about life during the 1860s
 at the Battle of Selma School Days tours. The three fashions shown
 are a lady's ensemble for going out (with hat), a ball gown and a work dress
 (with bonnet). Not shown is the black mourning dress which became
 more and more common as the long American Civil War wore on. 





11 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the green dress. super cool. ( :

Lowell said...

And getting dressed was just the half of it! Eventually, everyone had to get undressed too! :) Colorful, tho!

RamblingRound said...

HAHA !So true, Lowell! The children were really amazed when they learned that little boys, from birth until about age 3, also wore "gowns!"

Barbara Farr said...

Can you imagine how hot is was under all those layers. And corsets!!! Glad things have changed.

RamblingRound said...

Me too, Barbara! Of all the outfits, the work dress looked the most comfortable.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Think how hard it would have been to work in those dresses too. Not to mention how hot it must have been. I'm sure the kids were amazed at how they dressed 150 years ago.
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Dimple said...

I also think the work dress looks most comfortable. Ladies back then were stronger than I am to put up with that much clothing in the hot weather!

Nancy Claeys said...

How interesting. I love the fashions of this era as well as Victorian.

Jack said...

So, this was before the invention of the bikini, right?

Kate said...

Wonderful to educate the children with all those visuals.

Marie said...

What a great learning experience for the kids! I love all those beautiful old gowns and dresses...yet the convenience of getting to the bathroom now days is a real relief!