Founding Fashion

Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing introduces themes of military dress in the 18th and 19th centuries using original clothing, accessories, and artwork, on display together for the first time.

Explore the history and reality of military dress in the colonial and Revolutionary eras. Surviving clothing and textiles narrate the changes in military fashion from before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. Artwork on display reveals the fit and conventions of military dress, and how perceptions of styles changed during the late 18th and early 19th century. An unmatched assortment of clothing related artifacts recovered from Fort Ticonderoga illustrate the range of buttons, buckles, trims, and tools used by French, British, and American soldiers that served here.

Highlights include Cyrus Baldwin's uniform coat from the Boston Independent Corps of Cadets, the oldest surviving American-made military uniform and a witness to the events leading up to the American Revolution. One of five British army blankets known to survive from the American Revolution. 

Founding Fashion remains on display through 2015.