The clothing that the people of 18th century Europe wore has the ability to fascinate us like some objects of their material culture do. Clothing is intimate, for example, an eighteenth century garment seen in a museum collection, usually elicits an instinctive urge to touch it. To some of us, we have the desire to experience the elaborate decoration, the beautiful fabrics and the tactile qualities found in 18th century Europe clothing no longer with our own clothing. To other people, these desires are raised by the need to understand the people from the past a little better.
How the clothes were made