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Costumes – American Civil War Era

Our group portrays the pre-Civil War era of the 1850’s when the Lincolns were prominent citizens of Springfield, Illinois.  The links below lead to descriptions of the basic components needed for ladies and men when attending a daytime event or an evening ball.  While there was a great deal of variety in women’s fashion at this time, certain guidelines should be followed as to shape of necklines and shoulders, types of fabrics, etc.  We highly recommend doing a significant amount of research when deciding what your 19th century costume will look like and how to wear your hair.  We enjoy discussing “fashion” choices with anyone who is interested, including members of the audience.

Civil War Era Daywear

Civil War Era Evening Wear