Hire Kass

Our resident clothing historian, Kass McGann, has consulted for museums, TV shows, theatre productions, and historical groups from all over the world. Garments made from Reconstructing History patterns are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Chicago History Museum; The Rooms Cultural Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston, South Carolina; and in other museums and living history sites. You can see Reconstructing History's work on Broadway, on television, and in movies.

Kass is available for one- and two-day lectures and workshops on historical clothing production and study. She has given lectures in Australia, Japan, and Ireland as well as all over the United States.

Email us at info@reconstructinghistory.com now to get on Kass’s 2022 schedule.

Book Kass's New Lecture and Workshop on 16th century Common People's Clothing

Everyone knows that common people in the 16th century dressed to ape their betters.  However the archaeological evidence from burials and bog finds tells a different story.  The end result may look similar to the clothing of wealthy people, but common people's clothing differed in more than just materials and adornment.  The construction of common people's clothing was vastly different.

Drawing on 20 years of hands-on study and reconstruction of extant garments from all over Europe, Kass will explain the construction details of common people's clothing and demonstrate how a dress can be made from 2 yards of fabric and a jacket from only 1 yard.

The lecture is available as a stand-alone lecture and as a lecture and workshop.  The workshop involves hands-on construction techniques.  Participants will work on a garment that can be completed at home.

Kass is also available to present lectures to your group on other historical periods from medieval through modern.  Email info@reconstructinghistory.com for details.

Who is Kass?

In addition to lecturing and teaching, Kass runs the website www.reconstructinghistory.com to educate the Internet public about historic clothing from all over the world. In August 2003, she launched the historical pattern business, Reconstructing History Patterns that sells dressmaker patterns based on extant historical garments. In 2005, RH expanded to include fabrics, threads, corset boning, notions, and other historical sewing materials. In 2007, RH expanded again to include historical clothing. Today Reconstructing History produces over 300 patterns spanning the 10th through 20th centuries for reenactors, costumers, vintage-lovers, and anyone who wants to dress up and wear historical clothing.

She is an avid living historian and vintage dancer who participates in reenactments of the 14th through 20th centuries. She currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband, her goofy retired racing greyhound, and her pitbull princess.

Email us at info@reconstructinghistory.com now to get on Kass’s 2022 schedule.