Historical Fashions are kind of a big deal for me. I’ve always liked them and been fascinated by them. I read about them, study them and even draw them. If you’ve been reading here, then you’re pretty aware that I like to draw historical fashions. Lady’s fashions, as I’m rubbish with men honestly.
However, recently it came to light that nobody really understands my drawings. I mean, yes, they don’t understand my people (like their breasts or hands, or some other such comment), but I mean the actual fashion that they are wearing.
I had assumed that my sister would know, having been in theatre at uni, having done somecostuming. But, I was informed that it was a basic 101 overview class, so she really doesn’t know about costuming. Not that it is always accurate, in theatre or film. Directorial vision, costume availability, and movement of scene and actor always play a part in how a costume gets worked together.
So, it prompted me to do a little overview with drawings. I tend to either draw actual 18th century dress, or 18th century inspired dress in my illustrations because that is my favourite, so that is what we shall look at.
So, in true fashion, The Sister and I always seem to catch exhibits on the very last day, and the Sew What? Textile Art Exhibit hosted by The Hattiesburg Arts Council was not exception. We made it there with forty-five minutes to spare. However, it was plenty of time to see and fully appreciate the exhibit, luckily enough.
The exhibit touted works from The Pine Belt Quilters, which was founded in 1984. “These dedicated quilters, some 150 strong, meet monthly and hold biennial Fiber Art and Quilt show.” – as lifted from the HAC email.
There were also a few African Story Quilts from Atlanta resident, Janice Hunter. “As a professional fabric artist, Janice Hunter has been sewing since childhood. In recent years, however, her work has evolved from traditional bed covers to art quilts which have been exhibited in many different venues.” – also lifted from the HAC email.
So, let’s get to it. I didn’t take pictures of every piece, but it’s nearly everything that awas there. Lots of phenomenal work under the cut. Also, I snapped a few of the building since the HAC is now housed in our former library.