Just back today from a few days in Charleston, where I finished sketches for the Old World/New World sketchbook... at last. Charleston is such a beautiful city, and Charlestonians are such lovely people---it's easy to want to be there often, very often. And I do.
A clothing exhibit at the Charleston Museum shows the importance of French and English style to the wealthy early colonists. The fine materials, rich colors, and modishness of the clothes were a great contrast to the somber, practical wardrobe of the Amish I visited so recently. In particular, the red corset with black lace, dating from the same period as the second wave of Swiss immigration to Pennsylvania, shows how marked regional differences were.