WHAT WE WORE
The inspiration for both male and female dress was the Classical, Greek and Roman, period. White was a common colour for women’s dresses – imitating the clinging draperies of antique marble statues – made from muslin, lawn or cotton, depending on financial circumstances. Waistlines were high and sleeves short and full, worn with detachable long sleeves if necessary. Men’s dress was also relatively plain with light-coloured breeches or pantaloons, again to emulate the nudity of Classical statues, worn with coats, high shirt collars and cravats. Hair was curled and tousled, as was men’s, in imitation of Roman hairstyles. The short sleeves are gathered in the style of Classical drapery, embellished with a brooch on the shoulder.