Join us for the exhibition opening of Fresh Goods: Shopping for clothing in a New England Town, 1750-1900.
How do you shop for clothes? Do you go to a department store at the mall, buy online or through mail order catalogues, shop locally at specialty shops, or frequent consignment shops? How did Concordians in the 18th and 19th centuries acquire their clothes? Who were the style-setters?
Clothing conveys information about the wearer’s gender, age, rank, and wealth, as well as clues about subtler categories, such as taste, education, marital status, and aspiration. Through twenty evocative documented outfits, the exhibition will consider the shopping habits of Concordians in the 18th and 19th centuries and visitors will be encouraged to compare their own conventions for consuming clothing to people’s practices in the past.