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Williamsburg Local Customs: 60 reviews and 75 photos

by matcrazy1

The first lady was dressed in impressive summer gown. The most characteristic feauture of the 18th century gown are so called petticoats, a seperate woman's skirt-like garments worn with a gown. Women often wore many, even... 8 petticoats more for fashion than for heat, not mention any comfort.

Usually the skirt was open in the front to reveal the separate petticoat. The first lady had a little bit different, more modern and easier to fast wear, gown with many... fake petticoats. A real petticoat was a seperate cloth but an essential part of the dress and not an undergarment.

Haha, I just realised that I know personally one, over 70 years old, woman living in a small village close to my hometown in Poland, who used to wear a few skirts (something like petticoats) but exclusively for special occasions (when she goes to a church for example). Anyway, it's very unique custom in Poland, now.

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2004
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