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Heritage Costumes has created a professional line of historical clothing and costumes. We specialize in authentic looking fashion and style. These high quality costumes are built to last, and can be used for many different characters and periods throughout history.
During the American Revolution, a close confidant was crucial—if you couldn’t trust those around you, how could you be certain that they supported the colonists’ side? While just about everyone was involved in the American Revolution and the following Revolutionary War of the 18th century, not all were comfortable aligning with the patriots’ cause. Abigail Adams never worried about supporting the American Revolution, and she certainly never wavered in her role as confidant to her husband, John Adams. Abigail Adams became an important figure in the Thirteen Colonies thanks to her role as advisor, mother, Second Lady, First Lady, and political figure.
The wife of the second president of the United States and the mother of the sixth president, Abigail Adams was one of the most influential figures of America’s early history. Though women didn’t traditionally participate in political life, Adams did so through her husband. Abigail Adams’ life is one of the best documented of all of America’s First Ladies; she wrote letters to John Adams regularly. As John participated in the Continental Congresses and fought in the Revolutionary War, Abigail wrote to him and offered advice in response to his questions and concerns. Abigail and John often discussed government, politics, and other intellectual matters, and she offered incredible pieces of information that ranged from women’s rights to potential rebellions to eyewitness accounts of the home front during the war.
When John Adams became the nation’s second president in 1797, Abigail Adams built a reputation of formal entertaining in the president’s home in Philadelphia. She made regular public appearances, hosted large weekly dinners, and created entertainment for the entire city on the Fourth of July every year. She was an active First Lady, participating in both the social scene and politics and policy. Even when the capital was relocated to Washington, D.C. and the First Family of the Adams took up residence in the still unfinished White House, Abigail remained staunchly involved and invested in her husband’s presidency.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing, this Abigail Adams costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the patriot and First Lady herself. You’ll look just like the famous confidant and wife of John Adams who inspired individuals throughout the Thirteen Colonies when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Adams’ attire accurately, this costume includes a long royal blue velvet dress with contrasting white satin jacquard and a zippered back, a fully lined bodice, and lace-trimmed bell sleeves and neckline. Also included to complete the look of Abigail Adams and traditional colonial women’s wear are a white lace-trimmed shawl and matching mob cap.
Of course, every Abigail Adams patriotic costume needs a few accessories, too. No colonial woman during the 18th century went without her colonial hoop skirt, lace fan, and colonial wig. If you’d like to enhance your Abigail Adams attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality Abigail Adams costume can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply experiencing a day in the life of a leading colonial woman in the 18th century American Revolution era. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this Abigail Adams ladies’ colonial dress costume is built to last.
During the Revolution, extremes of rich and plain attire in women's dress were most marked. In the large cities, especially in those occupied from time to time by the British, balls, dinners, dances, and parties kept fashion uppermost in the thoughts of the ladies.
Self: 100% Polyester Panne Velvet
Contrast :100% Polyester Jacquard Satin
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Trims: Very/Polyester & Cotton Blend
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
As we cut all of our garments individually (Coats, Vests, Pants, Dresses, Etc.)
Fabric Shades may very & may not match exactly.
We strongly reccomend that the Colonial Dress be dry cleaned.