The evolution of women's fashion proceeds as changes occur in human history. As people take in the information around them they change their tastes on everything. That includes how they define beauty. For me as a Fine Art student who is attracted by the changing definition of beauty, I am interested in how evolving concepts of beauty influence people's outfits. In addition, because outfits change that means what a woman has to wear under her fancy dresses is also going to change.
What I really want to explore is in what order a woman in the 20th century wears her garments. I am unable to find any reference image or photo in our collection that can inform me how exactly a woman wears her dress but I did find some wedding photos and wedding dresses that belong to the Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Family. Wedding dresses as a important part of fashion are also able to reflect the tastes of the era. Thus I think I may be able to find some clues from the actual wedding dresses that belonged to Rosa Melvina Breithaupt Hewetson Clark, daughter of Louis Jacob Breithaupt and Emma Breithaupt (nee Devitt).
This donation contains different pieces of Rosa's wedding gown which gives me the chance to identify each of their functions, how they should be worn and when can they be put on the bride. My final results after I have done much research and drawing studies is this series of drawings that shows my best guess for what steps a bride takes to wear her wedding gown.
This is the very first step a bride has to take and it is called the envelope chemise. It is just like the brassiere a modern woman wears before they put their other clothes on. However, the difference is that the envelope chemise is more lose like nightwear. In order to prove my idea I have found a YouTube video Getting Dressed in the 18th Century and it shows that envelope chemises can be worn as nightclothes and the flexibility of the fabric makes it comfortable.