Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Annual Costume Symposium, “What Shall I Wear?”
Defining Dress in the Chesapeake Region
September 19, 20, 21, 2002
In Cooperation with Sally Queen and Associates, The Carlyle House and The Lyceum

Symposium Saturday, September 21
The Chesapeake
9:00 Setting the Stage: Late 18th -century Fashionable Dress - Avril Hart, retired Assistant Curator of the Department of Textiles and Dress, Victoria and Albert Museum in London
10:00 Supplying the Chesapeake Consumer- John Caramia, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
11:30 For the People: Clothing Production and Maintenance at Rose Hill Plantation, Cecil County, Maryland- Gloria Allen, Independent Scholar
12:15  He had on when he went away: Lost stolen and runaway clothing in the 18th - century Chesapeake - Caroline Neely, Carlyle House Historic Park

Looking at Cloth and Clothing in Alexandria
2:00 Artisans and Tradesmen in Late 18th century Alexandria - Jim Mackay, The Lyceum
2:30 William Hodgson: Profile of an Alexandria Merchant - Gretchen Bulova, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
2:45 Bound by Sources:  An Investigation into the Clothing of the Mason Family - Laurie Kittle, Gunston Hall Plantation
3:15 Putting Your Research Into Action: Costuming the Interpreters at Presbyterian Meeting House - History Committee, Old Presbyterian Meeting House 
3:45  William Carlin, Taylor, Alexandria in Virginia - Mark Hutter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
4:30 Suitably Dressed: Dressing an 18th-Century Alexandria Gentry Man - Heidi Miller, Carlyle House Historic Park
4:45 Reproducing the "Carlyle" Dress - Cricket Bauer, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
5:00 Conclusion:  Pulling it all together! - Sally Queen, Sally Queen and Associates

Workshops Thursday, September 19
Morning ,10-noon

  1. The Polite Academy: The ABC’s of Behavior in Colonial America, 1750 to 1800.  Alicia Annas, Emeritus Professor of Theatre, San Diego State University.  (limit 12) 18th century manners and conversation.  Includes exchanging courtesies that acknowledge social position, how to enter and leave a room, how to handle stairs, basic fan usage, snuff taking and conversation techniques.  Participants are encouraged to wear partial period costumes - women: shoes, corsets, panniers/hoops, petticoats, fan.  Men: shoes, vests, stocks, and bring a snuff box. Held in the period rooms of the Carlyle House.

  2. Decorative Fringe for Apparel, Part 1- Rick Hill, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (limit 15).  Lab fee.  This class has been offered at Gadsby’s Tavern in a past symposium.  For a more advanced class, please enroll in the afternoon session.

  3. The Stay Maker: Inviolable Secrecy  - Mark Hutter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (limit 20) an examination of the “secrets” to be found within several original pairs of stays.  Hutter will discuss the cut of each pair of stays, its reflection of the changing shape of fashion and its construction technique.

Lunch on your own

Afternoon, 2 - 4

  1. The Polite Academy: The ABC’s of Behavior in Colonial America, 1750 to 1800.  Alicia Annas (limit 12) (repeated class).

  2. Decorative Fringe for Apparel, Part 2- Rick Hill (limit 15) Pre-requisite: must have taken Fringe 1 at a previous Gadsby’s or Colonial Williamsburg Symposium.  Lab fee.

  3. The Stay Maker: Tabby, Canvas, and Whale-Fin - Mark Hutter (limit 15) A continuation of the morning’s discussion and a practical workshop in the arts and mysteries of stay-making.  Participants will construct a sample stays panel in the 18th -century manner incorporating the common features of period stays: layers, stiffening, channels, seaming, boning and binding.  Participants should have experience in hand sewing.  Lab fee.  Enrollment preference given to full symposium registrants.

Evening Lecture - Fashion in Detail: Illustrating items of 17th and 18th -century dress from the dress collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Avril Hart. 7:00 p.m.  Includes lecture, book signing, reception and opening of exhibition, "Generations: Costume in Alexandria."  Held at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington Street.

Workshops, Friday, September 20
Morning 10-noon

  1. In Detail, Examining 18th Century Garments  - Avril Hart (limit 25).

  2. Exploring Primary Documents - John Caramia (limit 15) learn about the various primary documents available for doing research.  What they tell us, what they don’t, where to locate them and how to use them.

  3. Generations of Style: The Changing Shape of Fashion - Mary Doering, Independent Researcher (limit 18).  Examining style evolution 1750 to 1820 to compliment the new exhibition, "Generations: Costume in Alexandria."

Lunch in Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant

Afternoon, 2 - 4

  1. Arts and Mysteries of 18th -century Bookkeeping - John Caramia (limit 15) Learn how to use account books in your research.

  2. Informal Dress: A survey of jackets and their proper wear - Sally Queen (limit 25).

  3. Generations of Style: The Changing Shape of Fashion - Mary Doering (limit 18) (repeated class).

4:30 p.m. Reception and Tour at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax Street.                                                  

Registration Information:

Please contact:
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4242, fax 703-838-4270

Thursday Workshops: $50 each, plus $25 lab fee where noted (lunch on your own)
Thursday Lecture: $10 each (includes reception, “Generations” exhibition opening)
Friday Workshops: $45 each ($10 discount for full day registration),
$14 lunch at Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant
Reception and Tour of Carlyle House included in registration.
Saturday Symposium $80 full day registration, $12 box lunch (optional)

Prices reflect registration prior to September 5th.  After September 5th, add $35 late fee.

Museum takes Visa/MasterCard, Personal Checks, and Cash.  Payment must accompany registration. 

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