Paperback, 79 pgs.
Basing her research on the outstanding collection of antique costumes, prints, and paintings at Colonial Williamsburg;Linda Baumgarten, curator of textiles, explores the tremendous variety in eighteenth-century wearing apparel, which ranges from the coarse linen suit or simple bodice and petticoats worn by a workingman or woman to an elegant ball gown or the gentleman's embroidered silk velvet suit the is featured on the front cover. The author also discusses the kinds of accessories-fans, laces, aprons, gloves, handkerchiefs, pocketbooks-that people selected to complement their clothing.
Fifty full-color photographs and forty black and white illustrations enhance the text. Detail photographs give close-up views of some of the garments and allow the reader to see how they were constructed.