Fashions, Function, and Trends of the American Revolutionary Period

Women of the 18th century were not so different from the liberated ladies who burned their bras in the 1960’s. Rebellion was in the air and as the styles of England and France made their way onto the forms of both men and women during the colonial era, political rebellion was transformed into personal statements by the very clothes that were worn in the streets and homes of the rouges of political dissent.

To complement the current exhibit of Revolutionary War sites, The Pastels of J. Erwin Porter, Livingston Arts Center will welcome historical re-enactor Missy Clark February 25 at 3pm to give a talk on Revolutionary Period Clothing. Travel through time as Missy Clark reveals the changes in apparel during the transformation of our country.

Missy holds a degree in American Textile History and operates a re-enactment outfitting and consulting business with her husband: Barkertown Sutlers. Their specialty is the lifestyle of Americans during the mid-18th century (1730-1770).

About the exhibit: J. Erwin Porter of Penfield created these images c. 1960. A retired artist whose career was spent in illustration, art direction, and advertising, Mr. Porter indulged his interest in New York State history and historic sites by recording, on site, dozens of scenes. Upon his death, his family donated the bulk of Porter’s works to the New York State Museum. His Revolutionary War series has been out of public view since the time of the initial donation.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Livingston Arts Center is located at 4 Murray Hill Dr., Mt. Morris. Detailed directions can be found at our website,


About Derek Maxfield

Associate Professor of History Genesee Community College
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