Reenacting is a fun and rewarding hobby. Whether you portray famous historical figures or your own fictional character, reenacting is a form of time travel for those of us who feel they were born in the wrong era. However, reenacting can be overwhelming and very expensive. I hope through this blog to help those new to the hobby, or even those veteran reenactors, to enjoy reenacting without breaking the bank. Blog posts will address things like developing your character, traditions and etiquette for different time periods, and affordable but accurate clothing options. So step back in time to days gone by...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fashion Extraordinaire!

The "Threads of War"
fashion exhibit at the Charleston Museum is amazing!
Some of the dress pictures I posted before but many are new photos).
This is one of my favorites!
Wow-look at that waist!
Even Scarlett would have a hard time getting into that.
It would take both Mame and Prissy to pull those corset strings that tight:).
Detail of above dress.
Short-sleeved cotton dress with gorgeous pin tucks.
This dress has pom-pom style buttons and was worn as a wedding dress.
Undergarments, bodice, wrapper, and a beautiful antique quilt backdrop.
Chemise, corset, and petticoat.
Talk about a tiny waist!
Close-up of handmade lace on a 19th century bodice.
Beautiful wrapper.
My absolute favorite dress with close up of bodice below.
Day dress.
Leather boots.
The toes on these look as painful as the corset waist a few pictures above.
Children's clothing from the 1860's.
Lace baby bonnets.
The cutest little antique boots!
I hope you enjoyed the fashion show.
To view a collection of antique fans visit


  1. Dearest Kim,
    oooooooo....this is a neat post!
    I like the brown dress as well and the lace baby bonnets.
    Think you captured some beautiful garments.

    Enjoyed seeing these garments!
    May you have a nice week-end and God bless,

  2. What a beautiful display of dresses. I want to visit that museum - are the dresses displayed year-round? Some of the dresses looked like they were made similar to yours, from whatever fabric or decorations were available. Maybe Carol Burnett wasn't so far from the truth:)

    I especially liked the bonnets and would like to know more about how they were made.

    Great post! SC

  3. Do you happen to know if these gowns are Southern in origin? Are they all from South Carolina? Thanks! Susan