The Amish community is known for its distinct and traditional way of life, including its attire. While it is important to approach cultural representations with respect and sensitivity, learning about different cultures can be an enriching experience. If you are interested in showcasing an authentic Amish costume for Halloween or cosplay, it is crucial to approach it with cultural appreciation rather than appropriation.
Amish Costume For Men
The Amish men’s costume typically consists of the following elements:
- Hat: The hat is an essential part of an Amish man’s attire. It is often a black or straw-brimmed hat, commonly known as a broad-brimmed or flat-crowned hat. These hats are typically plain and devoid of any decorative elements.
- Shirt: Amish men wear long-sleeved shirts that are usually solid-colored, such as shades of blue, black, or white. The shirts have a high collar and are buttoned all the way up. Avoid shirts with patterns or bright colors, as simplicity is key to the Amish aesthetic.
- Pants: Amish men wear straight-cut, plain-front pants. The colors are usually dark, such as black, dark blue, or gray. The pants are worn with suspenders instead of a belt, and the pant legs are often rolled up slightly above the ankles.
- Footwear: Simple black shoes or boots are typically worn by Amish men. The shoes are usually made of leather and have a minimalistic design without any elaborate decorations.
Amish Costume For Women
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The Amish women’s costume is known for its modesty and simplicity. Here are the key components of an Amish women’s costume:
- Dress: Amish women wear ankle-length dresses made from solid-colored fabric. The colors are usually muted, such as shades of blue, purple, or black. The dresses are typically loose-fitting and have long sleeves. Avoid dresses with patterns or vibrant colors.
- Apron: Over the dress, Amish women often wear a white or light-colored apron. The apron is usually tied around the waist and covers the front of the dress. It adds a functional and practical touch to the overall attire.
- Bonnet: Amish women wear bonnets to cover their hair. The bonnets are typically white or light-colored and have a simple, understated design. The bonnet ties under the chin and covers the sides and back of the head.
- Footwear: Amish women wear flat, practical shoes. These are typically black or dark-colored, made of leather, and have a simple design without any ornate details.
- Respect and Sensitivity: When donning an Amish costume, it is crucial to approach it with respect and sensitivity towards the Amish community and their beliefs. Avoid stereotypes or caricatures that may perpetuate misunderstandings or disrespect.
- Cultural Appropriation: It is important to understand the difference between cultural appreciation and appropriation. Appropriation involves adopting elements of a culture without understanding or respecting their significance. Ensure that you are appreciating and representing the culture in an authentic and respectful manner.
- Education: Take the time to learn about the Amish community, their beliefs, and their values. Understand the context behind their attire to appreciate and represent it accurately.
Costumes inspired by the Amish culture can be a unique and interesting choice for Halloween or cosplay. However, it is crucial to approach such costumes with respect, cultural sensitivity, and a genuine desire to appreciate the Amish community’s way of life. By understanding and accurately representing their attire, you can ensure that your costume showcases cultural appreciation rather than appropriation.
Amish Costume Ideas
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Marriott Carpet Deadpool takes a selfie with the Amish
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(L to R) Costumes/Actors: Karley Scott Collins as Katie Graber, Matt Letscher as Gideon Graber and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Ida Graber.
July 23, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA
Amish Grace. Costumes by Costume Designer, Van Broughton Ramsey; Costume Supervisor, Betsey Potter. These costumes can be seen in the “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition in the FIDM Museum & Galleries at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles.
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I visited the "Little House on the Prairie" log cabin (a replica of the original) near Independence, Kansas, and saw people in what I thought was period costume. "How nice," I thought, "they've hired folks to dress up in old timey clothes." It wasn't until the "folks" started glaring at me and shielding their children from my camera that I realized they weren't in period costume. They were, indeed, Amish.
You'd think I'd never bought sweet corn from Amish farmers before.
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the back roads of dutch counrty
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This amish couple was awesome. During the day, they were completely in role, talking almost entirely in German, pretending to shy away from my camera at first (and they have actual eggs in that basket). At night... well, let's just say those two performing on the stripper pole (in costume! until they stripped them off that is) is one of my most memorable moments of PDF.
Behind them is the Bus For Change (http://www.busforchange.com/)
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The Party Amish
You've got to admire their dedication to this group concept.
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who also looks Amish
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Gracias al tiempo meteorológico en Pontevedra pudimos disfrutar este año de un día más de Entroido (Carvanales).
Este año parece que los amish decidieron visitarnos en el desfile.
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Amish Girl Likes Boots
Ashley just had to try on Little Red's boots -- Super Amish Girl!
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Who knew the Amish could use cell phones
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What I love about a gathering of people at a sale like this is the diverse mixture of costumes that you can see. The man leaning on the truck on the left is the 37 year old Bishop from the Milverton daughter settlement of Chesley South West. They have made some subtle changes to their clothing styles that causes them to stand out from their Milverton Amish brethren. The man in the green shirt dresses in the normal Milverton style. The man with his back to us is from the Mt. Elgin Amish settlement.
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johnnie in disguise
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Halloween at Fred & Amy's 2012
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amish family group costume
amish family at soho house party
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Portrait of PW as an Amish Farmer
PW in his Halloween costume. October 31, 2008; Madison, Wisconsin; unaltered; Nikon Coolpix L5.
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the Halloween costume parade onboard
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Amish Big Wheel
2011 Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) race. Annual race held every year at 20th and Vermont Streets in San Francisco, California at 4pm on Easter Sunday.
Men, women & children, often in costumes, sign a waiver and race down the curves of Potrero Hill for free in homemade big wheels. An Easter event in SF like no other!
If you like any of these pics, please add a comment. Cheers!
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2 Amish ladies, both unmarried, and look like sisters. The black prayer caps say "not married". These ladies are from the Milverton, Ontario Amish community, where "capes" are not a part of a woman's costume.
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