Revisiting an old project

As we progress in our experience inthe art of recreating historical fashions, it is never a bad idea to go back and revisit some of those “firsts”- first gowns, first corsets, first bonnets, etc.

It is amazing to see where it all began and how far we have come. Over the summer, I went back and revisited such a project- my Costume History Pages (
About nine years ago, I developedThe Costume History Pagesin response to a need for reputable online information regarding the history of Western fashion. These pages were initially designed for educators and students as a place where each could come to gain broader insight into how fashion played a role in history. Over the years,The CHPageshave reached a far more diverse audience than I ever could have imagined.

When I first designed this site, I did it in a very short period of time (I think over the course of a two week holiday) and I pulled my information from only 6 scholarly texts. Nine years later, I have gone back and reworked this site completely. I have expanded my bibliography to over 40 scholarly texts.

Within the Costume History Pages, each time period is divided by marked political, social, or economic changes. Each page focusses on a central theme rather a culmination of historical facts. A broad overview of women’s, girl’s and boy’s clothing is presented and supported by extant images from both public and private collections.

If you have not visited The Costume History Pages in a while, please stop by when you have time and see what’s new.Whether you are an educator, student, scholar, or historical clothing enthusiast- it is my sincerest hope you will find these pages of assistance in your quest toward gaining a broader understanding of the history of fashion!

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.