Decades of Fads and Fancies: History Wardrobe
Historical fashion interpreted online? World War One? Love Lucy Worsley’s dressing up for history? Let me tell you more…
Delivering delightful historical costumed lectures, the two Lucy’s (not Worsley) take us (the viewers) through an era or gallop across the centuries using their historical clothing collections. They focus on working women (although not exclusively); how women were often wearing fashions designed for men adopted, not adapted for women’s bodies (such as in the 1980s uniformed services). We also get a sense of what it was like to live and move in such clothing, through actual historical garments and recreations and the lives of the women who wore them. Sometimes there is a mystery guest too!
At the end you can have a cup of tea or other themed beverage and ask questions. There is also the enjoyment of audience reminiscences and comments along the way!
These are some images from their recent First World War history lecture discussing how women’s fashions moved from refined laundry dresses to knit wear and practical everyday wear.
Beautiful Edwardian ‘laundry’ dresses:
A nurse’s uniform… from Harrods (spot the label!)
Nurses collar and cuffs… from the Harrod’s uniform…
And sleeve protectors!
Warm, military inspired women’s coat…
Factory worker facing health and skin damaging chemical hazards and the moral danger of wearing trousers!
And spark safe clogs….
The hair protecting cap for the munitions and factory worker. Part Holland, part waitress!
Best of all, though mocked for it, women knitted for the war effort. Such as this military mitten/glove! (Others would work with tools for cutting barbed wires).
Previous History Wardrobe episodes have covered Regency fashion and shoplifting…
Working women’s wear…(As well as World War Two, bedwear through the ages and the 1980s)…
More in-person and online events here — http://www.historywardrobe.com/
@ Screenshots are only for illustrative purposes — all content shown here is from History Wardrobe’s online lecture series, May 2022