Wearing period costumes during the Audubon Pilgrimage is an integral part of the historical experience for both community volunteers and visitors to West Feliciana Parish.
Having gained national recognition for its representation of authentic dress of the 1820s by the American Association of State and Local History, Audubon Pilgrimage volunteers and organizers meet each fall for the Patterns of Pilgrimage Costume Workshop in an effort to expand and preserve this tradition.
This year, the workshop was held Sept. 21 at the home of Rebecca Rothschild.
According to Lauren Field, the 2015 Audubon Pilgrimage steering committee chairwoman, the workshop allows Pilgrimage volunteers to visit with design consultants familiar with the distinctive style of the early 1820s.
Caroline Alberstadt, Yvonne Leak and Christian Tregle, along with seamstresses Laura West and Mary Williams, provided individual design consultations.
Guidance was offered on costume construction, fabric selection, purchasing of fabrics and styles of hats, while samples of costumes for men, women and children were displayed to help participants understand style options, Field said.
Refreshments were provided by Lori Temple and Lisa Horn and door prizes by St. Francisville businesses Grandmothers Buttons, Trends and Catalpa.
Pilgrimage volunteers unable to attend the workshop but who need costume assistance can call the West Feliciana Historical Society at (225) 635-6330.