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First Advisor

Barra, Marguerite C.||Bowen, Ralph Henry, 1919-

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Home Economics


Uniforms--Armed Forces; France--History--1789-1815; France--History; Military


The purpose of this study was to do research in original sources and historical collections leading to the reconstruction of six, half-scale, uniforms of the Napoleonic period. The aim was to develop uniform patterns which could assist museum curators in duplicating actual historical garments. This was achieved by drafting replica military uniform patterns. With this purpose in mind, the author chose to reproduce six particular Napoleonic campaign uniforms which were worn in battle. Each uniform is complete with headgear and accessories. The six uniforms are: Light Infantry, Guard Artillery, Polish Lancer, French Dragoon, Marshal of France, and Napoleon. To make the different Napoleonic uniforms, there was a need for patterns. The patterns were made by using the draping and flat pattern techniques. Draping is an artistic approach for making patterns by fitting and cutting cloth to the curves of a dress form and flat pattern starts with a commercial basic pattern that has previously been altered to fit the individual. The pattern work consists of changing this basic pattern to make a pattern for a chosen design. The work is done in paper on a flat surface. II I , . . A muslin fitted shell was made to fit the exact body dimensions and shape of a half-scale male mannequin. From the shell, it was possible to develop a "two-uniform style in one pattern." The creation of all six Napoleonic uniforms was possible with a few modifications in all the basic pattern pieces.


Includes bibliographical references.||"The work, produced between January 14, 1980, and October 30, 1981, will be exhibited on December 4, 1981 at Wirtz Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois."||Includes photographs of exhibition and illustrations.


34 pages, 33 unnumbered pages




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