Fur Trade Fashion

Women dressed in historic clothing in front of fish drying over a fire.
Re-enactors in historic clothing

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Typical women's clothing may have included:

  • Strap dresses and leggings made from a natural fabric such as linen, cotton, or wool are appropriate. Please avoid polyester or non-period prints. Western style buckskin dresses are discouraged.
  • Skirts, chemises, short-gowns, and Empire dresses are appropriate
  • Moccasins of a period appropriate design
  • Shawls and wool blankets for outerwear
  • Scarves, beads, and trade silver representative of the period
Two men in historic clothing, seated on the ground, facing each other.
Fur trade re-enactors

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Typical men's clothing may have included:

  • Long-sleeved shirts made from a natural fabric such as linen, cotton, or wool. Please avoid polyester or non-period prints.
  • Drop front or French fly breeches or pants, leggings and breech clout
  • A blanket coat
  • A woven sash
  • Head wear such as knit-style caps, toques, or wool felt hats, and scarves of a period fabric are appropriate
  • Moccasins or cobbled shoes of a period appropriate design

Ren-Fair and “Pirate” style clothing are not appropriate to our event.

JUST GETTING STARTED? If you have recently become interested in the fur trade era and would like to have more help in putting your historic clothing and equipment together, give us a call! We are happy to put you in touch with folks who can help and have historic clothing information available. Contact Grand Portage National Monument, P.O. Box 426, Grand Portage, MN 55605. Phone/TTY: 218-475-0123.

Last updated: March 15, 2022

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