On Sunday March 3rd, the Seymour Historical Society held one of their monthly events. This one was entitled 19th Century Fashions by Adrienne St. Pierre from the Barnum Museum.
Adrienne's presentation was filled with interesting tid-bits about the popular fashions throughout the 19th century. She led the audience on a journey through time, stopping to explain each trend and how one led into the next.
From very large sleeves and shoulder to elaborate bustles and prints, it became clear to see the evolution of fashion throughout the period. It was fun to see the different styles and textiles that were fashionable during the 1800s and to learn how a these styles affected society.
There were a couple of inventions of the 19th century that helped move fashion to new levels.
One invention was the sewing machine. Once the sewing machine became easy to use and affordable for the masses, fashions changed drastically. More elaborate patterns and designs were able to be created.
Another invention was the camera. Suddenly, the people of the time were able to capture the way they looked and share the images with others.
Different dyes were created using science that opened the door for even more creative and interesting designs.
I look forward to these presentations from the Seymour Historical Society. They are always interesting and inviting.
After the talk, we were invited to check out the fashion exhibit the Society had put together in one of the upstairs rooms. You can see a couple of the dresses above.
If you are looking for a fun and affordable activity for the whole family, check out the local historical societies. You might be surprised to see all that they have to offer.