Dressing in the Victorian Era was a complex affair. For women, especially, their multilayered ensembles were expected to conform to the demands of fashion and propriety, which varied with the occasion, season, and time of day. Then as now, many women had to meet these demands on a budget. What was involved in getting dressed? How long did it take? How did women on a budget still dress “respectably ?
Fashion historian and performance artist Kandie Carle will introduce the components of a lady’s ensemble and demonstrate the process of getting dressed, explaining how each piece was worn, as well as when and where it was appropriate. Throughout the presentation Ms. Carle will share insights into the clothing, lifestyle, manners, etiquette and customs of men, women and children in the Victorian Era.