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Weston Historical Society: War changes everything — including fashion

Kandie Carle will model what were the latest fashions in the early 1800s this Saturday at the Weston Historical Society.

Kandie Carle will model what were the latest fashions in the early 1800s this Saturday at the Weston Historical Society.

On Saturday evening, March 9, the Weston Historical Society will host a special presentation highlighting the influences in trends in clothing and fashion during the War of 1812. The program will be presented by Kandie Carle, an actress, historical re-enactor and artistic director of the East Haddam Stage Co.

Ms. Carle will wear actual vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing and accessories for the presentation. She will add humor, history and intriguing anecdotes about fashion, home life and etiquette of men and women during the War of 1812.

The presentation is not a fashion show; rather, Ms. Carle takes her audience on a journey of discovery by using clothing and accessories as a tool.

She dresses in layer upon layer of the clothing of the chosen period and as each piece is added, she explains how it was worn, as well as when and where it was appropriate.

Throughout the presentation she shares insights into the lifestyles and customs of the people of the time period. Included are interesting anecdotes and “myth busting.”

The performance is full of audience interaction, and questions are encouraged.

The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road. Tickets are $20 per person and wine and cheese will be served. For more information, call 203-226-1804.

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