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Student prototype high_school(2)

  1. 1. A Look at What People Wore During the Revolution<br />What kind of clothing defined the Revolutionary War?<br />
  2. 2. On any given occasion, a man or woman might be wearing silk from China, knitwear from Europe, and shoes from local production.<br />Different places produced different articles of clothing; this was standard across social class, from the upper pillars of society to slaves.<br />Clothing Was From Everywhere<br />
  3. 3. Fine clothing made the statement that you could afford finery from around the world; the more items you possessed of high quality, the more affluent you and your family were…<br />Clothes said a lot about you…<br />
  4. 4. Unless you were living in a very isolated community, or the frontier, most towns and villages had shops where imported items were sold. Even the smallest town had at least one shop that sold imports…<br />Once a villager selected a fabric, the seamstress would craft the article of clothing to her customer’s instructions and taste.<br />The Thirst for Imported Goods…<br />
  5. 5. Women wore corsets known as “stays” to wear the fitted clothes of the period. For a “lady of fashion”, tight stays were a sign of femininity and freedom from heavy chores.<br />For the wives of colonial farmers or soldiers, however, clothing was looser and stays less severe to enable these ladies to work on the farm and in the home…<br />To be a Lady…<br />
  6. 6. Men of power and influence chose fine cloth, such as silks, and finely woven woolens. Clothing of high quality suggested authority and clout to make important decisions.<br />Many men chose their clothing based on climate, in addition to the need for power. For states like in the South, cotton was the fabric of choice.<br />To be a Gentleman…<br />
  7. 7. Soldiers had frequent changes of uniform, with the objective being to instill fear in the hearts of the enemy; the idea was to look formidable and organized.<br />Some militias were made of soldiers who were farmers and craftsmen, and there clothing tended to be less impressive.<br />To be a Soldier…<br />
  8. 8. Infants, including little boys, wore long shirts, much like dresses. The idea behind this was to limit movement as much as possible.<br />As children got older, boys wore fitted trousers and coats, much like their fathers. Girls wore smaller versions of their mother’s clothing…<br />What about Children?<br />
  9. 9. Clothes made the man and woman. Clothing was not only a way of marking your participation in a trade or a manifestation of power; clothing was a source of personal pride.<br />Clothing took on different meanings to different people; men and women who worked on farms or fought in the war wore clothing to fit their lives.<br />While position and climate were considerations, so was the idea of the “visible moment”, ie. Church on Sundays.<br />In Conclusion… <br />
  10. 10. I have an interest in antique fashions, so I decided I wanted to find out more about colonial fashion during the Revolutionary War.<br />I checked Wikipedia as an initial source, and went from there. I branched out to historical as well as military websites to find information.<br />Once I narrowed down my topic to clothing, I focused my question on the kinds of clothing worn and the role fashion played during this time period.<br />How I came up with my question… <br />
  11. 11. Colonial Williamsburg page on fashion:<br />http://www.history.org/history/clothing/intro/clothing.cfm<br />Children during the Revolutionary War:<br />http://www.18cnewenglandlife.org/children.htm<br />Colonial Fashion<br />http://ushistoryimages.com/colonial-fashion.shtm<br />Resources:<br />

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