Explore mid-19th century material culture thanks to special presentations from experts in the textile arts field. Don't miss a chance to view extraordinary original pieces from the time period.
DateAug 04, 2018 @ 9:00am
This Saturday morning Lifelong Learning Lecture will include speakers who are experts in the material arts field. Following the talk originals will be available for viewing onstage.
KARA BOCEK: KEY NOTE SPEAKER, INSTRUCTOR, ORGANIZER
Kara has been involved in 1860s living history since 1995 and making reproduction clothing since 1997. She earned a degree in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary where she also took costuming and patterning classes for fun. After several years doing archaeology Kara decided to put her sewing skills to more use and started her business Corner Clothiers, which focuses on civilian men’s clothing during the American Civil War. In addition to use by living historians her reproduction clothing and accessories are used at State and National Parks across the country and appear in several productions on television and the big screen. Collecting and researching original garments and photographic images are personal passions as well as key components of her business.
SAMANTHA BULLAT: KEY NOTE SPEAKER, INSTRUCTOR
Samantha Bullat is currently the tailor for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where she researches, designs, and constructs garments from the early 17th and late 18th centuries. In 2012, she served a ten week internship with the Margaret Hunter millinery shop learning the arts and mysteries of mantua-making and millinery. She was part of the First Oval Office Project which reproduced by hand the marquis tents of George Washington for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA. Her reproduction clothing has been featured in exhibits for Mount Vernon and the New York Historical Society.
DANNIELLE PERRY: KEY NOTE SPEAKER, INSTRUCTOR, ORGANIZER
Dannielle Perry, historic milliner and author, has more than two decades of experience researching extant garments, antique photographs and fashion plates. Dannielle is author of Fashionable Bonnets: from the Introduction of the Ambrotype in 1854 through the End of the American Civil War in 1865, Finishing and Straw Bonnet Form, and Drawn Bonnets: Examination and Construction. She is the managing partner of Timely Tresses. Timely Tresses is the premier source for museum quality reproduction bonnets and millinery supply. For more information, visit www.timelytresses.com.
CAROLANN SCHMITT: KEY NOTE SPEAKER, INSTRUCTOR
Carolann Schmitt founded the Genteel Arts Academy in 1988 to encourage interest in mid-nineteenth century clothing and needlework. The Academy offers a continuing series of hands-on classes on 100+ topics, with classes held across the country. Carolann assumed sponsorship of the Civilian Symposium (formerly the Ladies & Gentlemen of the 1860s Conference) in 2000 and is busy planning the 24th annual Symposium’s in March 2019. She is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars across the country.
Carolann is a member of the Costume Society of America, the Association of Living History Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), and several sewing and needlework organizations. She believes you can never have too many books or too much fabric. Studying mid-nineteenth century clothing has been her passion since she attended her first reenactment in 1969.
**speaker information subject to change
THE CORSETS AND CRAVATS CONFERENCE
This event is part of a greater conference on mid-19th century material culture featuring lectures, hands-on classes, and fun activities!
The conference runs August 3-5. Friday will be a day of socializing (in period dress if desired) and shopping. Saturday morning starts off with a series of three lectures. Saturday afternoon will offer a selection of classes by a variety of talented individuals. There will be low-key period entertainment on Saturday evening to allow for more socializing amongst attendees. Sunday morning rounds out the weekend with two more sections of classes. Vendors will be available all weekend.
For more information about the classes or other events at the conference visit http://www.corsetsandcravats.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/corsetsandcravats/