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Virtual History Happy Hour: “19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe”

Virtual History Happy Hour: 19th Century Footwear Innovations – Origins of the Modern Day Dress Shoe

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Men’s dress shoes as we know them today are directly descended from styles that were defined during the Victorian age. Key innovations in design and manufacturing introduced during the 19th century, both in Britain and the United States, have resulted in a standardized approach to shoemaking, and a sense of style and fashion, accepted worldwide. This presentation will explore the development of six iconic shoe styles (four of which were popular with both men and women). As influential as these styles were, many people (including retailers, historians, and reenactors) cannot identify the differences between them, or how to choose which styles are most appropriate when attempting to achieve accurate or historically correct impressions for actors and living history enthusiasts. A principal goal of this presentation, once the styles are defined and understood, will be to offer recommendations for how to achieve the best historical impression possible, given the current day availability (and affordability) of appropriate shoe styles.

 

 

About Our Presenter

Patrick Gaul is a historical reenactor, amateur historian, freelance researcher, avid traveler, and all-round curious fellow, obsessed with seeking answers to topics that most people just take for granted! His areas of interest include (but are by no means limited to) fine dining, manners and etiquette, domestic service and household management, historical architecture, geography and fashion.

Patrick teaches workshops for The Living History Centre (https://www.livinghistorycentre.org/) and routinely (in non-COVID 19 times) preforms in such diverse events as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, The Northern California Pirate Festival, The Central Coast Renaissance Festival, and many others. With his wife and fellow enthusiast, Juliana, he also regularly travels to England to participate in the Jane Austen Festival and the Stamford Georgian Festival.

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Virtual History Happy Hour: “Confections and Novelties: An Overview of 19th Century Hats”

Virtual History Happy Hour: “Confections and Novelties: An Overview of 19th Century Hats”


Join us for a live review of women’s hats in the 19th century, including a look at antique pieces from the speaker’s collection and recreating the styles with both modern and Victorian methods. The discussion will include a look at original fashion plates and museum pieces to chart the course of style over the 19th century, touching on societal impact and the art of the hat itself. Attendees will see an 1850s drawn bonnet, 1880s straw summer caps, quilted winter hoods, a caned calash circa 1790-1800 and more. Learn about tremblants, wire frames, bonnet molds and millinery manuals. The presentation will include demos of some millinery techniques, reviewing both original and reproduction patterns, a close-up peek at original hats and recommendations on restyling or creating your own pieces.

All skill levels welcome, students will be able to experience both a lecture and a live workroom demo, all on-camera. A handout will be given for further reading and info.

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About Our Speaker

Chantal Filson has been a professional costume designer for over 20 years, fueled by a deep obsession with the 19th century. Her love for design and puzzles led to the development of a hat pattern line based on Victorian fashion plates and original sources. In 2020 she founded Costume On: An Online Conference for Historical Costuming, an entirely virtual event with live teachers and museum curators that reaches students across the globe. She is primarily nocturnal, often covered with paint and absolutely loves to teach. Visit www.costumeon.com for more information about Chantal’s Costume On conferences and workshops.

How to Register

Reigstration for this event is free. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

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We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these Virtual History Happy Hours possible.

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Virtual History Happy Hour: Why We Wear, What We Wear

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A social history of clothing in Victorian London, and how the evolution of clothing has influenced what we wear today.

Have you ever stopped to think about why we wear the things that we wear? What if we told you that some of the things you wear every day have been influenced by the way we thought about clothing and class in the 19th century?

Join our lecture to learn more about how social structures influenced who wore what in Victorian London, and how the evolution of clothing in the 19th century continues to influence our ideas about clothing and fashion today.

About our Speaker:

Juliana Gaul is a 46-year veteran of Renaissance Fair, Dickens Fair, and Re-enactment in general. Over the years, she has been a performing member of Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento, the NCWA (National Civil War Association), the GBACG (Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild), the SCA, the Adrian Empire, the Renaissance Military Society, the San Francisco History Days, the Northern California Pirate Festival (being the founder of the Historically based “Government House”) and has become a “Janeite” (fan of Jane Austen and all things Regency), traveling to Bath in England, every other year for the Jane Austen Festival and the Stamford Georgian Festival. She is also the co-founder of a WW2 British Home Front Association, comprised of a Women’s Land Army (WLA), Women’s Institute (WI), and Home Guard group.

How to Register

Reigstration for this event is free. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can

We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these History Happy Hours possible.


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Virtual History Happy Hour: Off With The Corsets!

Off With The Corsets: A Brief History of Dress Reform in the Nineteenth-Century United States

Beginning around the mid-nineteenth century, many women across the United States did away with the tight corsets and layers of petticoats associated with femininity and embraced alternatives, including bloomers, for relief. However, dress reform meant different things to various groups of people. This discussion will explore the aims and desires of a range of dress reformers–from everyday women who worked on farms, to famous women’s rights activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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Our Guest of Honor: Amy O’Hearn, a historian of the long-nineteenth century, moved from Chicago to the Bay Area in 2001 and began the PhD program in UC Berkeley’s History Department in 2015. She has an interest in urban built environments, and is writing a dissertation on drugstores that pays particular attention to how they functioned as social spaces.


Our Virtual History Happy Hour series aims to bring a little bit of history home to you. Our guest speakers will preset a brief presentation, followed by an informal Q and A chat. Bring your own drink! Whether a glass of wine or a cup of tea, we look forward to (virtually) gathering with you and raising our glasses to history!

There is no charge for the event but you must register in advance. After registering you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar.

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