Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion

Updated on 10 January 2020


Grade 5 - Grade 12


What was it like to wear pumpkin breeches in colonial times? Or hoopskirts during the Civil War era? Find out in this fascinating series that covers American fashions through many historical time periods. Each volume shows the trends and influences on clothing designs, hairstyles, and accessories for women, men, and children at all levels of society. This series also explores the clothing of indigenous peoples, slaves, and soldiers. See what’s “hip” in each era as you delve into Dressing a Nation.


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*Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion: Additional Websites 513 KB PDF
*Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion: Drawing in Style Activity 517 KB PDF
*Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion: Historical Photos Activity 531 KB PDF
*Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion: Photo Slideshow 4.46 MB PDF

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