Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Perth and District Historical Society February Meeting

The society meeting of February 16, 2017, will explore what the well-dressed woman wore at thw time of Confederation, 150 years ago.

Loree Tannett, who has already made a name for herself in Perth in the realm of period dress and costume, will bring a light-hearted presentation of the whys and wherefores of 1860s dress, demonstrating the lengths that the genteel woman went through in the course of dressing for her daily activities.  To aid in this, Loree will clothe a very animated, and perhaps talkative, mannequin.

Clothing in Canadian towns at the time of Confederation was generally similar to that found in Britain and also the United States during its Civil War period, although fashions in Canada were somewhat behind by about 20 years.  Fashion for towns people was continually transitioning during the 1800s, and the 1860s was no exception.   On the other hand, clothing in the rural areas tended to be more functional and less likely to reflect changing fashions, staying relatively constant over the years.

Loree has had a lifelong interest in costume and design.  She has experience with making costumes for live theatre and film, dancing and skating, historical events, and clothing for weddings and other special occasions.  In addition, she enjoys researching and experimenting with various fibers and techniques for using fibers artistically.

Loree and her husband, Jack, moved to Perth from Calgary three years ago, looking for a small town with a thriving arts community.  Since arriving in Perth, Loree has immersed herself in Perth life, serving on the Perth 200th committee, producing clothing of the 1816s era for re-enactments, judging at the Town Criers competition, making costumes for some Studio Theatre productions; she is also a members of the Perth Fair Board for the home crafts,

The meeting, at 7:30 pm, is at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion, home of the Hall of Remembrance, 26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, at 7:30pm (Toonie donation).
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