Dear Amy: My teacher assigned a presentation that requires me to dress up as a historical figure. My budget is limited, so do you have any ideas? — Vanessa B., Hartford, Connecticut
Dear Vanessa: Once you choose a historical figure, the best thing you can do is research images of that person so you have an idea of the type of clothing he or she wore. For instance, if your presentation is about Laura Ingalls Wilder, you can visit her website, lauraingallswilderhome.com, to see photographs of her.
For well-known historical figures who lived before photography was common, seek out paintings, drawings and other evidence you can use to get accurate ideas of what you need.
Once you know what you’re looking for, see if family members and friends could donate clothing or accessories to help complete your portrayal. Chances are you can find many of the items you are looking for in modern closets!
If that doesn’t work, you may be able to alter one of your own pieces of clothing to use in the costume you are making. Put your imagination to work and you’re sure to create an authentic costume for your project!
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