Old York’s popular winter lecture and dinner series, History. . . with a side of soup! concludes with living history experts, Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson.
If you think getting dressed every morning is a chore, imagine what it took for a woman to look good in the 1700s. There were petticoats and stays, of course—but also a whole lot of other things under those skirts too. From detachable “pockets” to hip pads and bum rolls designed to lift a woman’s skirts and make her waist look small.
Curious to know exactly what it took to get dressed in the 18th century? Come learn from Old York’s own historic clothing experts, Kristel Henry and Hannah Peterson, as they explain the complexities of a woman’s wardrobe. As living history enthusiasts, they have extensive experience constructing and wearing reproduction clothing. Using a combination of historic and reproduction examples, Peterson and Henry will examine each layer of clothing, explore various clothing construction techniques and materials, and discuss the difference between lower- and upper-class garments.
Kristel Henry has been interested in fashion since childhood. She has researched historic clothing for the past 15 years, focusing primarily on the 18th century. Henry is a self-taught seamstress, who learned 18th-century clothing construction techniques from Larkin & Smith in Massachusetts. She has a passion for living history, and is currently a member of McAlpin’s Corps of Loyal American Volunteers, and the Pawtuxet Rangers RIM. She has volunteered her interpretive services with the National Park Service, and at several museums in Rhode Island and Connecticut. She holds a BA in English Literature from Rhode Island College, and currently is employed as a historical interpreter at the Old York Historical Society.
Hannah Peterson began pattern making in her teens, and has since then honed her research skills and developed an extensive knowledge of historical clothing by completing master seamstress training, and apprenticing with a master tailor from Europe. She has been a historical reenactor since she was 15, and is currently a member of McAlpin’s Corps of Loyal American Volunteers. She has worked as a stitcher at a professional theater, and a men’s personal stylist, and is currently employed as an educator at Old York Historical Society. Peterson also has in interest in historic plants, and has lectured on the topic at Freeport Historical Society and MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair.
The lecture is followed immediately by a simple supper of soup and bread in Jefferds Tavern. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.