Christmas Meeting - The Dress of the New World

Christmas Meeting - The Dress of the New World

Saturday 22 November 2014

Unfortunately Dr Diane Waller is unable to join us for our Christmas meeting this year so the talk on the Textiles of the Balkans will be postponed.

WECS is frequently discovering the talent that it has within its membership and it is wonderful to welcome Judy Grant, a volunteer at the American Museum, who has researched American textiles and costume over a number of years. We tend to have an image of ‘settler dress’ that is gleaned from the movies or the iconic musicals such as ‘Oklahoma’ but how much different was it from European dress? Was there a lot of ‘recycling’ and just how connected was the ‘New World’ with the old? These are just some of the questions Judy may be able to answer as she gives us the inside story on the costume collection at the American Museum.

Judy has not only researched American settler dress but has spent many hours constructing costumes for children to try on in the museum. She will give us some idea of the problems and challenges this task presents.

As usual Mince Pies and Mulled wine.

The report on this event is included in the Summer 2015 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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