Fashion After the Revolution

Sponsored by the Norwalk Historical Society & the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Fashionable Ladies After the Revolution ||

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Its been 235 years since the official end of the American Revolution.
How did becoming an independent nation influence fashion?!

The Revolution is over but in wartime we vowed to give up foreign imports.
Now its peacetime, and our fervor has fizzled. Lets get some more of those imported goods we used to enjoy- like pretty fabrics!

Fashion was at the center of the debates surrounding what it meant to be American in the decades after the Revolution. How did citizens of the new nation navigate this political minefield when every choice was filled with symbolic import? Who aspired to fashion as set in Europe, who achieved it, who adapted it, who eschewed it? How did Americans build credibility on the world stage maintaining their principles without looking like country bumpkins?

$4.00 for current DAR members

(must show DAR ID when checking in at event)

$8.00 for the general public

About Alden OBrien

Alden OBrien received her BA in Art History from Barnard College and her MA in Museum Studies in Costume & Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has been at the DAR Museum since 1990, first as curator of costume and later taking charge of quilts and most recently, samplers and needlework. She has curated numerous exhibits on costume, toys, and quilts, most recently An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution, with its accompanying catalog.


Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.
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