Civil War Fashion Show Presented in Hohenwald

Jan 23, 2013

A Civil War era fashion show will be held at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Strand Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Confederate Belles of Tennessee, models will be wearing ensembles complete with jewelry, gloves, fans, reticules, hats, bonnets, headdresses and parasols. A replica gown worn by Varina Howell Davis during her husband’s presidential years will also be included. Men’s fashion will include military uniforms and civilian attires.

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The fashions and manners of the Civil War years strongly reflected the Victorian era when modesty was the rule of the day. The fashionable silhouette of the 1861-1865 periods focused on the tightly laced corseted bodice with the waistline resting at the natural waist, voluminous elaborately trimmed skirts worn over hoop petticoats, long full sleeves and high demure necklines. Lavishly decorated bonnets and hats complimented the ensemble. There was an infinite variety of designs and construction details, particularly in ladies apparel, in the 1860s.

For more information, call Hohenwald/Lewis County Chamber of Commerce at 931-796-4084.

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