Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I make Historic Clothing-copies of garments from history. I attend meetings and events of Living History groups where everyone I see is wearing clothing from the era the group covers. For many years I have contemplated moving into the field of Historic Plain Dress (female only, as I never took the 7-year-long Master tailoring course.) But whether I do that or not, I'm left with a dilemma; As a professional costumer, is wearing Plain Dress myself a witness, or advertising?
(I wore Plain Dress from the 1830s for a few college semesters, until my then-husband objected. Loudly. Often.)
As if the issue of Plain dress were not complicated enough, I also wear and teach historic clothing at meetings of the Living History group to which I belong. I have "outgrown" my once-legendary collection of upper-class Tudor clothing, dripping with silks and jewels, that was both my pride and my best advertising. I already know I will never go back to those excesses, but what replaces them? Why? How soon?