“Mrs. Allen’s Closet; OR Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen” looked at the revolutionary changes in women’s dress during Jane Austen’s lifetime. What were these changes, what prompted them, and have there been similar fashion revolutions in modern times – our presenter, Cathy Reilly led an interesting conversation with our group through an illustrated slide show and quiz on vocabulary of that time.
About the Presenter:
Cathy Reilly, ML.S., M.A., is a Life Member of JASNA and a founding member of our St. Louis chapter. She is a librarian and professor at the St. Louis Community College and for several years taught a Capstone course called “The Body Beautiful: Perspectives on Physical Attractiveness.” This class covered all aspects of human appearance and adornment including fashion and beauty practices from around the world.