Posted by Amy on August 11, 1997 at 12:12:31:
I visted The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home, over the weekend, and it was fun to see American versions of our favorite era's trappings.
One thing that struck me was a costume of Mrs Jackson's -- which incluced a Spencer made of very light meshy, open-weave fabric. It made me wonder how the ladied and gentlemen dressed when living in far-flung parts of the Empire. Would they stick with the same basic shape of their dress, but in lighter weight fabrics -- or would they discern how much more comfortable the natives appeared to be and adopt a few of their ways?
I like to think that our favorite Austen characters would not sweat their brains out if breaking a few conventions would make them more comfortable. And the children! Would our Anne Wentworth, for example, insist that her children wear stockings on hot hot days in the tropics?
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