Undressing History

What Women Wore in the 18th Century

The Newport Historical Society will host Undressing History: What Women Wore in the 18th Century on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Colony House, Washington Square with Renee Walker-Tuttle.

Living history interpreter Renee Walker-Tuttle will dress herself in reproduction 18th century garments, allowing visitors to get a glimpse into the dressing room of the 18th century woman. She will dress from her undergarment, known as a shift, into a working class women’s gown, then change into an upper-class gown while describing each garment’s material, manufacture and function. Each piece of her clothing is a meticulously crafted period reproduction. This lecture shows the challenges working and upper class 18th century women faced as participants in the world of eighteenth century fashion.

Renee Walker-Tuttle has worked in Colonial Williamsburg’s Costume Design Center and with their 18th century historic clothing collection. In 2010 she completed her Master of Science in Historic Textiles and Dress at the University of Rhode Island department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Her education and work provided her in depth information on the history of 18th century fashion and she has meticulously recreated reproductions of 18th century garments for her personal collection. Ms. Walker-Tuttle is currently employed with Newport Historical Society and Newport Restoration Foundation.

General admission costs $5 per person, $4 with Winter Festival button and $1 for NHS members. Please RSVP to 401-841-8770.

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