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Can I get the sauce on the side?

This weekend the Victorian dance group to which I belong had a demonstration at a local village fair. One of the newer members made a comment about not wanting to get a hot dog (even though she was hungry) because she was afraid of getting mustard on her cotton day gown. That never even occurred to me. I suppose it is a natural thought though. I assured her that she would get used to wearing the victorian stuff and eventually she would just treat it as clothing.

I don't think I am weird in that thinking, am I? Another member of our group routinely rolls in the grass etc (yes, Megan, I am talking about you! :p  ). The only time I am somewhat careful is with my sheer gown only because the cotton lawn is delicate and I would hate to snag it on anything.

So what is the general consensus out there? When you are wearing something from another century (or another universe), do you avoid eating or anything else that might endanger what you are wearing? Or do you just go for it? Now, I am not talking about necessarily rolling in a mud puddle or something that would definitely destroy it. I am talking about things you would not think twice about doing if you were wearing jeans or a casual sundress.


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
You know me so well :p
I think I'd think twice about eating something like Indian or Italian food without a napkin tucked in my neck, but then I'd do that with any modern pretty top or dress. I don't think I'd help change a tyre in my historic clothes though!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
David and I got a flat tire once coming home from an SCA event. He was in a houpelande and I -think- I was in an Italian Ren gown. We had stopped at a Steak and Shake (Yummm!) on the way home to eat and it was flat when we came out. We would have fixed it but we couldn't figure out how to get the spare tire from underneath (we had only had the vehicle a couple of months). Some people walked right by us just looking at us funny, but luckily a guy who also had an X-terra stopped to help.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I think some people do it and some people dont. I have never been one to care for any clothing item no matter the cost, but when it comes to my antique clothing, regardless of cost or even condition, I am as gentle as a warm spring breeze. And a few other select items that are considered my favourite which are by no means the top of the line in my closet. I am not gentle on some of my replica victorian clothes, but would be apt to be if I considered it lucky or it struck the chord that told me to do so.

Some people covet anything unique, a purse, a watch, a shirt, and a victorian dress.
Jun. 24th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I have a few things like my silk moire Marie Antoinette gown that I'd hate to get stuff on...but happily there is dry cleaning. I wore my satiny LOTRs fantasy dress to renfaire on a day that the weather guy said would be great. Of course it downpoured rain and there was mud EVERYWHERE and that dress came back from drycleaning fresh as a daisy. LOL
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Being a former larper I don't have problems with using my costumes. Nowadays I'm a member of a Tolkien society and most of my costumes are made for our banquets, so eating and eventually even cooking is definitely involved. They're made for wearing.
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... well I treat historical stuff like my normal stuff in that I would be careful if it was fancy now or then... I wear mostly historical stuff anyways heh, at least pre-1960. If I need it for something maybe, but I run around in fields in period stuff all the time (99% of the time ending up in a pile of petticoats on the grass lol). But yes, especially for a cotton day gown... you can wash it... I mean I don't like getting food on any of my clothes, but I agree, they are made to wear, to be lived in. :]
Apr. 20th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
It depends what I'm wearing really. My C17th gear gets very lived in - when I'm in soldier's kit I end up kneeling in the mud, I wipe my hands on my breeches, my mouth on my sleeve, and I can get away with it because it's all authentic :D

The same goes for my female kit, as she's about the same level in society as my soldier. Granted, I'm not as vulgar when I'm dressed as a girl, but my skirts are used to dry my hands, and I get mud all up them as well. Somehow last muster I even managed to get mud spattered halfway up the back of my shift, Heaven knows how...

With my mediaeval gear the situation is slightly different. My grey linen dress gets treated exactly the same as my Civil War kit, in that it's middle- lower-class and meant to be lived in, so spillages etc. don't bother me too much. I'm more careful with my red velvet, mainly because someone at the time wearing such a dress wouldn't have got it very messy, but I'm not too careful 'cause its not true velvet and reasonably easy to clean. My silk dress on the other hand... Well, when you're wearing £500-worth of dress it literally pays to be very, very careful what you do! :D

The same is true of my Elvish LotR ensemble - it's made out of my existing wardrobe, and as I'm sure you can guess, the pieces are from the fancy end of the cupboard. So what with the persona and the costjme, that's another 'be careful what you eat/do' outfit.

So judging from the other comments as well as mine, you're not alone in this! :) As far as I'm concerned when I'm doing re-enactment I'm trying to portray life as it was, so I live in my clothes as much as a person of that time and status would live in them :)
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