Tree thumbnailInterpreters dressed in authentic historical clothing can create an immersive and engaging experience for visitors.

Joan Severa explains the benefits of using historic costumes at sites to create a memorable and historically accurate experience.

Severa recognizes the controversy many sites face when deciding on this part of their interpretative plans and provides guidelines for planning how to implement the wearing of costumes at a site.

She begins with a discussion of politics and the resources required for authentic costumes.

Research is critical to providing historically accurate clothing and Severa points to resources for research.

The author provides a discussion for the challenges of women wearing historic clothing and things to consider when planning how to dress female interpreters.

Severa also explains the staff required and the costs associated with dressing interpreters in historic costumes.

Technical Leaflet #113 (1979)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 17, Historic House Care and Presentation.