The Dress of Ordinary People

The Dress of Ordinary People

Saturday 17 March 2012

The title of this study day arose out of the work of John Styles in his publication The Dress of the People: everyday fashion in eighteenth century England

An excellent read for anyone interested in this period. It draws on extensive sources to reveal what ordinary people wore and their relationship with clothes. Few if any of the clothes of everyday people still exist from this time and it is only in the twentieth century that museum curators have become aware of the need to collect objects which reflect the fashions of ordinary people. Museums are full of examples of magnificent costumes of the rich and famous, and rightly so. They show extraordinary examples of design and skill but where is the story about the rest of us?

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2012 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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