Civil War Fashion Try-on Summer 2011

Update: See photos from the Civil War Try-on 2012

Once again we all had a fantastic time at Saturday’s “Civil War Living History Event: Fashion Try-On,” held in conjunction with Threads of War: Clothing & Textiles of the Civil War. Our friends from the Carolina Ladies Aid Society brought a plentiful supply of dresses and accessories for women, coats and hats for the men, and period style outfits for the children. They helped Museum visitors dress as they would have in the mid 19th century. Nearly 100 people came between 10:00 and 1:00, donning hoop skirts and Civil War uniform coats and posing for their own cameras or the museum photographer.

Set in front of a draped backdrop, these modern people were transformed into solemn civilians or soldiers of the Civil War period. They discovered the joys (or woes) of wearing a big hoop or heavy wool coat and perhaps felt just a little bit different than when they arrived in blue jeans and t-shirts. 

Below are some of our favorite photos from the event

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