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Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull helped organize a Civil War fashion show in Massena.
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull helped organize a Civil War fashion show in Massena.

Serious about Civil War fashions: don't call them costumes

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Historic and re-enactment groups around the region are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year. But it isn't all cannons and uniforms. The many layers of a 19th century woman were revealed as part of a fashion show in Massena recently.

Todd Moe talks with Maria Hull, a technology teacher in the Hudson Valley, who is also a Civil War re-enactor. Women's fashions from that era were all about making the waist appear small. Hull says hoop skirts, petticoats and full sleeves helped. She studied theater arts in college, makes her own Civil War era dresses and is an expert on women's fashions from the 1860s.

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Todd Moe
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