More from Accessories: Head to Toe, a symposium hosted by Colonial Williamsburg, March 12-16, 2011.
The final session of the symposium was the most entertaining, and hands-down the most sigh-worthy, too. Janea Whitacre, mistress of the millinery & mantua-making trades, CW, narrated "Of All Things Millinerial": People, Product, and Public Perception. This light-hearted exploration of the millinery trade featured apprentices, volunteers, and other friends of the Margaret Hunter Shop at CW, all dressed in reproductions from 1760-1830 created by the shop's mantua-makes and tailors. Below is a small selection from the presentation, including the entire "cast" gathered on the staircase of the De Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Beautiful clothes all around – and many thanks to all who contributed to such a memorable symposium!