I just arrived back home from a really fun day spent with a great group of women from Frederick, Maryland and I wanted to give a big shout out to Melanie Long, Community Life Director who invited moi…. the HistoryFashionTraveler to talk fashion from the mid-19th century.
You know, I consider myself truly blessed. Every day I get to do work I love. Whether it’s spending the time it takes to do the research on fashion history, designing, creating and stitching the garments or … and this is the better part: sharing my creations and what I’ve learned with others.
The absolute BEST part of my day however, is not about me at all, it’s about the folks I present to, because I’m simply just a catalyst helping to start a dialogue with people about history.
I love it when audience members share stories about what their mothers or grandmothers wore ( or as in today’s discussion, what they didn’t wear) or about their own sewing experiences.
When we take the time to listen to the stories older adults tell about their ancestors, we validate that individuals life. The person telling the story. And, isn’t that what it’s all about?
I guess that why I love history so much and by studying the past and understanding the struggles of those who came before me, I’ve realized ever so much, the impact each individual makes in the world. Yes, that’s each and every individual.
Here are some pic’s of the day. Enjoy!