Yesterday was lovely!
We went to Georgetown, to Dumbarton House
for a costumed tour. Dumbarton House was built in 1803 and was the home of the first Register of the U.S. Treasury from 1804-1813. The house was really wonderful, full of interesting period furnishings and history. The real reason we where there though was to see a special exhibit of early 19th century clothing from the private collection of Mary Doering.
The clothing was amazing. I felt a little rushed at times during the tour and no pics were allowed but, as always, it was incredible to see extant garments in person. It's hard to choose a favorite but I think I was most inspired by a printed silk evening Spencer that fastened in back. Seriously cool! There are also a darling red and white striped child’s frock with ruffles at the sleeves, a men’s vest where the border of the fabric had been pieced so finely to create a decorative element and a pair of 2.5" long earrings cylinder earrings that looked surprisingly modern. Several things looked shockingly modern actually, I could imagine at least one of the printed cottons we saw being snarked at an event for being "not period". Funny how we get into a rut about what is and is not period. Also proof once again there is nothing new under the sun, especially in fashion.
After our tour we braved the chilly day for some pics in the garden then headed over to a local restaurant for tea and pastries. We chatted and giggled and talked costumes. It ended too soon (as these things always do) and we headed home. *sigh* I couldn't decide what the best part of the day was - that Mom dressed-up and came with me or I got to where my Mela hat again! :>
Thanks so much to Melissa and Marilee for organizing the day for us!! My pics can be found here: 2009.0228
Other pics of the day:Elizabeth's pics
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