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Fashion History with American Duchess

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You can also check out our blog at - Thank you! -Abby & Lauren

You can also check out our blog at - Thank you! -Abby & Lauren
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You can also check out our blog at - Thank you! -Abby & Lauren






Episode 14 - The American Duchess Guide To 18th Century Dressmaking

Today's the big day! Our new book "The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking" is officially released today (11/21/2017)! The past year was spent writing and editing this book, and we are so happy to share it with you! While we've chatted quite a bit about the sewing projects on our Facebook page, we've never really talked about the process of writing the book. So, we decided to sit down and have a chat all about that part of writing this book. If you're into Behind-the-Scenes...

Duration: 00:56:43

Episode 13 - Flappers, Fringe, and Fashion with Zoë Beery

Zoë Beery is a fabulous vintage enthusiast and writer for websites such as On this episode Lauren and Abby sat down (via Skype) with Zoë to discuss her Racked article, "Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses." Through Zoë's research we discover how Hollywood costumers and Post-War America brought on this unique interpretation of the truly unique and groundbreaking fashions of the 1920s. We also go down delightful rabbit holes of wearing vintage clothing, shifts in our...

Duration: 00:54:43

Episode 12 - The Birth of Vintage with Chelsea G. Summers

In this episode Lauren and Abby sit down with Chelsea G. Summers, writer, to discuss her article on the birth of vintage fashion & the evolution of vintage throughout the last half of the 20th century up through today. Whether it's raccoon coats, 1980s does 1940s, should one modify or not modify vintage pieces, or what do we consider "vintage" today - we cover a multitude of different topics all centered around vintage fashion. You can find the original article from Racked here:...

Duration: 00:54:22

Episode 11: Interview with Theatre/TV/Film Costumer Constance MacKenzie

We were so lucky to be introduced to Constance MacKenzie while attending Costume College in LA in July. Constance works as a costumer in England, and has worked in theater, opera, tv, and film. She was kind enough to sit down with us for a short while and tell us about her experiences in the pursuit of her career, how she got started, where she has worked, and what her advice is for young people who want to work in this industry. By the end of the interview, Lauren and Abby were left with...

Duration: 00:28:58

Episode 10 - Corsets with Cathy Hay of Foundations Revealed

Cathy Hay is the Founder and CEO of Foundations Revealed - an Online Subscription Education Database filled to the brim with articles regarding everything you could possibly wonder about corset making, patterning, etc! Lauren & Abby were able to sit down with Cathy while attending Costume College in LA to pick her brain about her business, the Symington Corset Company Collection in Leicestershire, England, and just have an all around jazzy discussion about all sorts of corsetry goodness!...

Duration: 00:47:09

Episode 9: Early 17th Century Women's Dress with Samantha McCarty

Abby sits down with Samantha McCarty (again! See Episode 2 for more with Samantha!) to pick her brain about women's fashion and clothing from the first quarter of the 17th century (1600-1625-ish). This is an often over looked time period that Samantha has had time to really study since she works for a historic site that is from the 17th century. Ranging in subjects from what a woman was issued in a new "suit of clothes" before she arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, upper bodies, petticoats...

Duration: 01:02:51

Episode 8: It's not just One Direction: The Many Hairy Styles of the 18th Century

Part 2 of our 18th Century Women's Hair Series brings Lauren and Abby together to create a terribly punny episode. (Sorry, Harry!) Sit back and listen as we go through the evolution of different hair styles for women in the 18th century, how the hair styles were created, and work on debunking some more myths about women's hair! For images and more information check out the blog! You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Duration: 00:53:22

Episode 7 - Did They Have BUGS in Their Hair?! 18th Century Hair & Hygiene

Lauren sits Abby down to pick her brain about Abby's most favorite research subject - 18th Century women's hair! Abby's been researching this topic for the past 4 years, and even spent 1 year actively practicing 18th century hair care - using pomatum and powder to keep her hair clean and smelling fresh! Abby's time spent studying this topic has provided her with a lot of insight on such a surprising social practice from the 1700s. So, sit back, relax, and let you hair down - it's time to...

Duration: 00:54:08

Episode 6 - Enslaved People's Dress in the 18th & 19th Century with Cheyney McKnight

Abby is joined by Cheyney McKnight (Not Your Momma's History) to discuss what enslaved women and men would have worn in the United States of American during the 18th & 19th century. Going over everything from a brief explanation of slavery in the USA, to the "Reward System", Resistance in Dress, Textile Choices, and what Freed women and me could have worn and how that differed. Cheyney is owner of Not Your Momma's History, a living history consulting & interpretation business as well as...

Duration: 01:11:45

Episode 5 - Hot Town, Summer is Sh*tty for Costuming

Abby & Lauren sit down and discuss how to deal with the harsh summer temperatures while dressed out for a living history event. We delve into how important fiber content and color is for summer clothing (hint: we love linen!), whether unlined garments existed, our tips and tricks on how we like to deal with the heat, and more - including Abby making up parody songs on the fly! So sit back, have a listen, and enjoy! If you would like to see the blog post that accompanies this episode please...

Duration: 00:44:54

Episode 3 - Louis Exclusive

Abby & Lauren sit down and have a chat about the most recent Exclusive shoe for American Duchess - the Louis! We talk all about what makes our Exclusive shoes special, what the Louis was inspired by, and what Abby & Lauren would sew to go with their Louis shoes! You can read more by going to and you can check out the Louis at!

Duration: 00:27:10

Episode 2 - Civil War Mourning With Samantha McCarty

Abby sits down with Samantha McCarty ( to discuss her research on mourning dress during the American Civil War. Samantha currently works as a Tailor for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Virginia, and though she spends most of her time studying and recreating 17th & 18th century dress for interpreters, one of her first passions was researching all things to do with mourning during the American Civil War. Topics discussed: Types of Mourning, What to...

Duration: 00:58:28

Episode 1: Welcome to Fashion History with American Duchess!

Welcome to Fashion History with American Duchess! We've started this podcast to talk about different aspects of fashion history & historic costuming. Whether it's interviews, casual chats, in-depth discussions, pattern reviews, sewing tips, etc., there will be something for everyone! Please subscribe to get the latest episodes & check us out at or!

Duration: 00:01:39