Tag Archives: Zouave

Salem Light Infantry Levee and Ball 2011

The Salem Light Infantry Levee and Ball was an event hosted by The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers and Salem Light Infantry in October 2011. In 1861 the members of the Salem Light Infantry held a ball on their return from service … Continue reading

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Bolero and Zouave jackets of the mid-19th century

Throughout the 19th century, civilian clothing for men and women imitated all sorts of military uniforms in cuts, trim styles, and names. Let’s look at some women’s styles from the the mid-19th century inspired by military wear. First: the Bolero … Continue reading

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A waltzing Zouave?

In my last post (Returning Heroes 1860s Ball 2011) I mentioned that one of my favorite moments of the night was dancing a waltz with a Zouave. First of all, what is a Zouave? Secondly, why would I be dancing … Continue reading

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