The Style of Martha Washington
Martha Washington was very conscious of her personal appearance while avoiding the appearance of abundant luxury.
In the Washingtons' world, one's clothes conveyed a great deal of information about the wearer. This program explores the fashions of 18th-century "polite society" to which the Washingtons belonged and how the styles changed during their lifetime.
Tobias Lear also explains in this light-hearted program the proper behavior and manners expected of the polite society, as well as the influence of the Rules of Civility on George Washington's character.