What Clothes Reveal The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection
An examination of how Americans of all classes dressed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
By Linda Baumgarten
Drawing on the costumes and accessories in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, Linda Baumgarten examines how Americans of all classes dressed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Topics range from the work clothes of slaves to the elegant, high-style attire of the gentry. What people wore during significant life passages and the social contexts of such apparel are fully and engagingly discussed. The time line illustrates trends in fashion over three centuries. Published in association with Yale University Press Colonial Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series 278 pp., 355 color photographs, 36 black-and-white illustrations, 9 1/2 x 12 2002 CW No. 970202 Hardbound ISBN 0-87935-216-7 $65.00