In the years shortly before the Civil War, many Southern plantation owners and their families "summered" in the cooler climate of the northern states, often along the New England coast. These journeys frequently included side trips to New York, Boston, or Philadelphia to replenish the family's wardrobes with the latest fashions. (The particularly wealthy occasionally went to Europe, returning home with stylish apparel from London or Paris.)
Clothing worn during this period by members of antebellum society conveyed a distinct glamour and elegance. Tom Tierney captures the fine details of authentic garments in 29 ready-to-color illustrations. Included are walking costumes, evening gowns, morning and afternoon dresses, and wedding apparel for women, as well as suits, vests, trousers, and handsome military uniforms for the men.
Descriptive captions accompany illustrations in an attractive collection that will not only please coloring book fans, but will also be of use to costume historians and designers.
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