“Loose Dresses and Tight Breeches: Women and Men’s Clothing in the Empire and Regency Periods (1800-1825)”
Join us in a lecture with textile collector Heather Hook and she shares a sampling of Empire and Regency Period men’s and women’s clothing. Selected from garments in her collection that date from 1750-1980 are beautiful silks, the risqué Jane Austen Grecian style “barely there” dresses, along with fashionable Classical profiles in men’s breeches and broad-shouldered coats intended to profile athletic bodies.
Heather’s inspirations for collecting began in 1990 with her participation in historic reenacting. In order to be as authentic as possible, Heather purchased an original Civil War gown and began her research on materials and construction. Ever since, she has been adding to her collection, which now consists of over 3,000 articles.