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Does the Tailor Make the Man?


  • Old State House 206 Washington Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Have you ever thought about how clothes were made before the industrial revolution?  Answer: by hand.

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Homemakers, seamstresses, and tailors outfitted people from the poorest to the richest, like John Hancock. For two days this September, join us in our gallery to learn how an 18th century tailor would have made the suit of clothes that John Hancock wore at his first inauguration as governor of Massachusetts in 1780.

Historical costumer and master tailor Henry Cooke of Historical Costume Services in Randolph, Massachusetts will examine, measure, and pattern Hancock’s inaugural suit in the gallery while answering your questions about his work and the clothes. These measurements will be used to craft a replica of the suit for exhibition while the original is returned to dark storage. This is a rare opportunity to see these exquisite garments up close before Hancock’s suit is taken off view for preservation. 

This program is FREE with admission to the Old State House.

Earlier Event: August 12
Echoes of the Past