Betsy Bashore again brought her historical fashions front and center for the style show. Taken from extant examples in museums and colorplates, Bashore and friends show off the best of the best dressed at The Jane Austen Festival.
This year four of the women involved in the style show focused on the white dress. Each started with the same material - a white swiss dot cotton, and brought their talents to the stage in a variety of looks. Each one undertook the task of making a garment for themselves without consulting with the others. The looks were varied, and all were beautiful.
The theme of the white dress was carried on too in the rest of the show. According to Bashore just as “the little black dress” became a staple in women’s wardrobes in the 1950s, a white dress was the staple in the Regency period. “White was simple to launder and easy to care for. It was most often for morning and day wear but was also shown in heavier fabrics for evening wear.”