Sheared Bliss

I’m too sexy for my bonnet . . .
August 31, 2010, 9:27 pm
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In addition to gardening, I’ve also been museum-ing this summer.  Usually things slow down at the museum over the summer because everyone is so busy working in the gardens.  However, PioneerJ is a brave soul and decided to put together a fashion show this summer as well.  The program showcased primarily women’s fashions of the 1860s and 1890s.  PioneerJ narrated, medical commentary was provided by Dr. CodeMonkey (yes, the Victorians had very definite medical ideas about fashion), and museum staff and volunteers modeled.  I modeled the 1890s bathing costume that I posted earlier this summer as well as this 1860s wedding gown and spoon bonnet.

There were a number of really impressive outfits, including PioneerJ in her silk and PioneerC in the bumblebee dress (which we revamped as a wrapper to be more historically accurate).

J is going to kill me for posting this picture, but it’s the best one I’ve got because she kept making funny faces – I think CodeMonkey was saying silly things and making her laugh.

On the bumblebee dress, we swapped out the black, stand-up, grosgrain collar for a white, cotton collar, replaced the black undersleeves with white, and had C wear it unbuttoned from the waist down so that her lace trimmed white petticoat would show.  Click here if you’re a big dork like me and would like to see the discussion that lead to the alterations we made.

The real star of the show though was this little pumpkin here.

To see pictures of the whole show, go to the Littleton Museum Fashion Show set on my Flickr account.


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