Historical clothing discussed at Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum


BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) – Clothing from centuries past was in vogue Saturday in Battle Ground.

More than two dozen people got the chance to learn about fashion from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many shifts in fashion were tied to economics.

For example, lace was handmade in the 1700s, before being machine made in the next century. In turn, many outfits had long lace capes.

Men would often wear pink and women blue, a trend that changed in the 20th century. What was available and what was worn was often seen as a status symbol.

“Today, we kind of judge people by how many Jaguars there are in the driveway or how many bedrooms there are in their house. In history, it was your clothes. It was the most visible thing you had to proclaim to the world that ‘this is who I am and I have this much money,'” said Annie Metz Faulkner with Turkey Roost Traders.

In addition to learning about the historical trends, participants were able to work with fabrics to create their own pattern work.

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