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Robe à la française dressed à la polonaise, ca 1760-80 England, the Mint Museum

Robe à la française dressed à la polonaise, ca 1760-80 England, the Mint Museum

Mules, ca 1780 France?, Historic Deerfield Museum

Mules, ca 1780 France?, Historic Deerfield Museum

Shoes, 1760-75 France?, Historic Deerfield Museum

Shoes, 1760-75 France?, Historic Deerfield Museum

Robe a l’anglaise, 1775-95 US, Historic Deerfield Museum

Robe a l’anglaise, 1775-95 US, Historic Deerfield Museum

Early steel-boned stays, 1770’s Italy, the Met Museum

Early steel-boned stays, 1770’s Italy, the Met Museum

Bodice, 1760’s-70’s England, Manchester City Galleries

Bodice, 1760’s-70’s England, Manchester City Galleries

Suit, ca 1785 Spain, LACMA
The hat is ca 1780 Europe or the US and is made of beaver hair
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Suit, ca 1785 Spain, LACMA

The hat is ca 1780 Europe or the US and is made of beaver hair

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Shoes, ca 1770’s-80’s, Ca’ Mocenigo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

Shoes, ca 1770’s-80’s, Ca’ Mocenigo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

Dress, ca 1775-89 Italy (Venice), Ca’ Mocenigo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

Dress, ca 1775-89 Italy (Venice), Ca’ Mocenigo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

On wearing crinolines

This is meant to be in response to the crinoline question.

I wear crinolines for re-enactments made of modern materials, mainly a stiff netting. Its much cheaper than building a cage or hoop series and generally looks the same for my purposes when arranged properly. There is an inner slip which protects my legs from the scratchy netting, then yards and yards of netting which kind of look like a bunch of long tutus put together with a slip over it. The outer slip is essential to containment of the netting. The downside is I generally have to fluff a lot throughout the day.  Also, my dress can sweep a room of everything not nailed down, including chairs and sometimes small tables!

On a tmi note, bathroom breaks usually involve a quick check of the room to make sure nothing breakable is within skirt-damage range.  The easiest way is to have an assistant loosen my corset, step out of everything below the waist and then back in with an assistant after I’m done.  

Sitting down has to be the most hilarious bit. Most of my sitting is done perched on the edge of things, which is tiring to a maximum.  I have knocked over many a chair attempting to sit, usually someone has to hold the chair in place, even big arm chairs. If I do decide to rest and sit back in a chair I risk my crinoline flying up to looks like my legs are sticking out from a cloud-like thing, my skirt riding up, and there are the times that I resemble nothing but a head on a crinoline.

So I am not sure if that is quite what was asked for, but it is certainly my experience of wearing them!

(Submitted by karmamuse)

Mens banyan, ca 1760’s China (worn in England), Cora Ginsburg
This style of banyan takes inspiration from China and Japan and is not as fitted as the Indian style I posted a little bit ago.

Mens banyan, ca 1760’s China (worn in England), Cora Ginsburg

This style of banyan takes inspiration from China and Japan and is not as fitted as the Indian style I posted a little bit ago.

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