I’ve been informed that my lecture on stays, material culture, and early American women’s history will air again this weekend on C-SPAN 3: Saturday at 11:20 a.m., Sunday at 6:20 a.m. (for the after-hours crowd, I guess, or the extremely bored parents of insanely early-rising infants), and Monday morning at 7:20, EST.
Of course, the streaming video is still available, at any hour of the day or night that suits you.
For the real costume history junkies among you: check out this video of a woman dressing another one in Ursuline choir nun habit. (Follow that link, then click the link on the right side of the page under “Vidéos” that says, “L’habit religieux des Ursulines de Québec.”) It’s in French, as it’s on a website assembled by Laval University in Québec, but even non-French speakers can get the gist. I believe the woman explaining the habit is Soeur Marguerite Chénard. She sure looks like the nuns who still live and work at the Ursuline convent in Québec, in any case.
This description is part of a website that explores the religious history and heritage of the province of Québec. There are dozens of webpages with videos just describing the historical costumes of each different women’s and men’s religious orders! Check out the prominent use of nun dolls in this explanation of the evolution of the habits of the Sister-Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary. The last 90 seconds of this video shows a clothing ceremony from the late 1950s, with a huge class of novices in wedding-like attire as they take the white veil.
Endless fun, no?