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Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2050-0742
  • E-ISSN: 2050-0750



The study of historic costumes tells us much more than just who wore what and when. It provides us with a unique insight into historic fashion trends, production techniques and materials. They may also provide us with a looking glass into the social economic and political situation of the past. In this article, I will examine a printed cotton gown from a private collection, worn in Massachusetts c. 1780, during one of the most significant periods in American history.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): American; case study; costume; dress; eighteenth century; gown
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