Find out about fashions during this period and what to wear here!

What will you wear to the Cobb & Co Festival?

Or what will you wear riding in the Cobb & Co Coach, on a horse drawn carriage, on the 76km Trail Ride on your horse, to the Cobb & Co Ball and Long Table Dinner or on the Bullock Wagon just to be part of the festival?

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Laura Rutherford, the great, great, great granddaughter of James Rutherford who ran the Cobb & Co Company for over 50 years shares her ideas about period dress of the Cobb & Co era.

‘My dad taught me history, and my mum taught me to sew, so it’s no surprise I became a fashion history geek. Dressing historically is an easy way to add so much depth and appreciation to this festival, not to mention how much fun it is!

 I’ve made a guide that can be accessed on the website with some patterns and some inspiration pictures, but if you just want the short version, here it is:

  1. Ladies – long skirts, long sleeves, hats and some closed toe shoes. You can also wear any loose knee length dress, the last coach ran in 1924, so a plain shift dress also does the trick.
  2. Gentleman – long pants, light or cream colours are good, Driza-bones and beat up felt hats will serve you well. You can also add a waistcoat for some razzle dazzle and polish those boots.
  3. Kids – children looked like small versions of their parents but a bit scruffier, so go wild with those dress ups and bring the hems up around the knees for dresses and pants.

The fashion changed a lot from the 1850s to the 1920s, but if you look like an extra from The Man from Snowy River you can’t go wrong.’


Laura Rutherford (1)

 A Brief Guide to the 19th and 20th Century Fashions

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