Macaroni Fashion

First of all, a thank you to Tony (and now Grammy) Award winner and creator and star of the musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda for posting about this topic on Facebook. (Great Job at the Grammy’s by the way!) To go along with our theme of the Handwoven Celebrations Weaving Challenge, this week’s BeWeave It focuses on fancy fashion–because if you’re going to celebrate you might as well do it in style, and 18th century macaronis knew how to do just that. First off, we’re not talking pasta–macaronis were English men who were fashionable to the extreme. Drawings of macaronis from the time period usually have on massive wigs that have been elaborately coifed and exquisitely–and elaborately–tailored coats and breeches. The name does come from the pasta, though. Young men who had been to Italy and discovered the joys of macaroni (something mostly unheard of in England at the time) would be said to be part of “the Macaroni Club” and refer to anything fashionable as being “macaroni.” And before you ask, this is indeed the macaroni referred to in “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” the joke being that only a Yank would think that by merely putting a feather in his hat he was pulling off macaroni fashion.

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