"There she is. Miss. Am--er, Victorian." You are now part of a pageant team for a contestant hoping to win the crown of Miss Ideal Victorian Woman. Your task is to prepare a contestant (create a character) to win the crown. You will be choosing attire for the different portions of the competition and writing responses for possible interview questions (see pageant agenda). that are appropriate for the Victorian Era (based on your homework and class readings as well as some additional research).
Side note: Guys, if you'd rather research and create an ideal Victorian man, you may. It may involve a bit more research on your part, though, as the class readings will not be as fully relevant.
You will be creating a print out of your characters' fashions along with a description that explains why she deserves to be Miss. Victorian. At some point in this explanation, you should quote what her answer would be for a one-minute interview question. If you Google "common pageant questions," you should find plenty of ideas for what they might respond to. Your explanation should be approximately a page long--if it's much less you probably aren't discussing each of your fashion choices for your contestant. In addition to the fashions, you may wish to include your contestant's mannerisms that make them most proper. Beyond your description, should include a Works Cited of resources you used on the back of your print out. (You will be presenting these, so it is important that they are clean looking.) I provided a list of sources for you to start off with, but part of this project is going to entail you deciding what sources are most credible and useful for you to utilize while balancing that need with a time limit. (I would suggest you use Wikipedia as a starting point.)
-Final Thoughts (Interviews)
-Victorian Fashion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_fashion
-1840s Fashion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1840s_in_fashion
-Ladies Emporium: http://www.ladiesemporium.com/ladies_victorian_clothing.php
-History of the Bathing Suit: http://www.victoriana.com/library/Beach/FashionableBathingSuits.htm
-Links to Etiquette and Clothing for Different Occasions: http://www.logicmgmt.com/1876/etiquette/etiquette.htm
-What Victorian Women Did: http://www.victoriaspast.com/LifeofVictorianWoman/LifeofVictorianWoman.html