Last Updated on July 7, 2022 by Ellen Christian
As much as I love today’s fashions, there is still a part of me that would love to have been able to wear the fashions of the 1800s. I recently visited the Wilson Castle in Proctor, Vermont and I was fascinated by the different fashion items that were displayed there. I could just picture myself sitting in front of my dressing table while my lady’s maid did my hair. Can’t you just see it? Of course, with my luck I would have been a scullery maid but I can dream, can’t I?
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Fashion 1800 Dresses – Wilson Castle Vermont
The Wilson Castle is located in Proctor, Vermont and it was built in the middle of the 19th Century in the heart of the Green Mountains. The Wilson Castle sits on a 115 acre estate and the castle itself has 32 rooms with three floors. Only two floors are open at this time to the public.
How did people dress in the 1800s?
Several of the bedrooms have displays of fashion from the 1800s including dresses, masks, hats and bags. Of course, the dresses in the 1800s were generally worn over hoops to give them an elegant look and allow the woman to appear to glide as she walked or danced.
The wider portion of the hoop skirt along with a corset helped enhance the woman’s slim waist. A woman was also expected to wear gloves and a hat when she stepped out for the day and special occasions might have seen her wearing a fancy mask with feathers like this one.
If only I could have relaxed on this bench in one of those beautiful gowns! For a look at the rest of Wilson Castle, please visit Confessions of an Overworked Mom. For a look at entertainment at the Wilson Castle, please visit In Our Spare Time.
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