Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Video: (Un) Dressing Mr. Darcy

Friday, October 21, 2016
Loretta reports:

Writers as well as readers who’ve tried to work out the details of historical clothing generally appreciate a chance to see actual human beings wearing historically accurate attire.

Isabella and I have been fortunate in being able to call on the expertise of the tailors and milliners of Colonial Williamsburg. We’ve also posted what we’ve learned and seen there. Although I set my books in a later time period than the site focuses on, the historians there have The Knowledge of various eras, and have advised me on many points. But not everybody can consult with them while writing or reading a book. A demonstration like this one can answer a great many questions.

Though my current stories are later, too, than the time period recreated in this video, and the cut of coats and breeches/trousers change, as do hats, the principles apply.

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Sarah said...

I note he doesn't say what underwear he favoured under his trousers! I have come across two main types, other than using the shirt tails, the just-above-the-knee drawers that had not, essentially, changed from the medieval era, and stockinette footed underpants, essentially pantyhose, which were for use under the pantaloons of the later years of the period, because any loose underpants or drawers would spoil the set of those thigh-hugging inexpressibles.

Unknown said...

I had no idea that men's shirts were so long!

Rosefolly said...

There was a similar presentation at the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY a few years ago, and perhaps since then as well. In fact I wonder if it might not be the same person.

Annette said...

Good Morning from the USA, this is a well presented blog, but do have to mention - some humor and costume during a lecture with tea. Thanks, atk

jean said...

I have some questions about why the shoulder seam goes so far back from the neck line to the shoulder seam. What is the purpose for that?

Donna Hatch said...

It was my understanding that cravats were almost always white unless they were a member of some kind of club where they wore a certain color of neckcloth as a kind of uniform. Am I wrong?

LorettaChase said...

Donna, black neckcloths appear in many fashion plates and portraits. White seems to be more common, but black is by no means rare. I never heard of its being associated with a club.

Jean, there were various ways to cut men's coats. You'd have to consult a fashion historian. I think one of the Cunnington books describes the various constructions.

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