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Layers upon layers: womens' clothing in the 1880's

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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 1:00 am

KINDERHOOK — Ladies’ undergarments is usually a subject that may provoke a blushing face — but not for Kjirsten Gustavson, curator of education for the Clermont State Historic Site, who gave a lecture entitled “UnderWhere? In the 1880s” at the Columbia County Historical Society’s James Vanderpoel House on Saturday afternoon.

Gustavson’s lecture was broken up into three themes: Identification (being able to pinpoint which 19th century decade a garment comes from); increased consumption of fashion (including the rise of mass production of fabrics and some articles of clothing); and health and dress reform (in which Gustavson discussed at great length how some 19th century styles raised controversy over women’s physical well being — most notoriously, corsets).

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