I've been invited to a mid October "classical fest". Does anyone know of a good website for costumes that look like they're from the 18th century? Or even a Patten... I figured I could use it for zentai costumes too.
But Jack the Ripper was on the loose in 1888, late 19th century- Victorian Era. However! There are so many 18th century ideas. Think about what happened in the 1700s, and costume ideas are easy to come by.
The French Revolution (I have seen people costume as aristocracy who've been executed- you could include a red ribbon around your neck where the blade would have fallen- or go as an executioner of the time.)
George Washington became the first President of the USA
The American Revolutionary War
Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia
Founding of New Orleans
Pirates were successful in the early 18th century
Highwaymen were busy at work during the 18th century- that would be a fun costume, sans horse of course.
Great Plague of Marseille - the Bubonic Plague breakout in France

People of the time include
The Marquis de Sade
Marie Antoinette
Charlotte Corday
Anne Bonny
Mary Read
The clothing that people wore in the past has the ability to fascinate and involve us as few objects of their material culture do. Clothing is intimate. Viewing a garment in a museum collection elicits an almost instinctive urge to touch it and try it on ourselves (actions that are, of course, not recommended for reasons of conservation). For some, it is a wish to experience the beautiful fabrics, elaborate decoration, and tactile qualities; experiences no longer found in most of our own clothing. For others, it is a desire to understand people from the past a little better; if we know such details as how they dressed themselves in the morning, what it felt like to be laced into stays, or what it was like to wear coarse linen and woolen while working in a Virginia tobacco field, we might better understand the routine, human aspects of their daily lives, which are so seldom revealed in the written records they left.
Many of the early 18th century paintings illustrate ladies' gowns with free falling, pleated loose dress backs. This innovation after 1705 was called the French sack dress sometimes called the sac or saque or the contouche. They are commonly called by the misnomer Watteau gowns, or Watteau pleats simply because the artist Watteau recorded early versions in his paintings. He did not record later variations. This sack dress probably developed from the over gown worn in the late 17th century. They were worn with a circular Panier and were fashionable until later than 1730.

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