17th century Puritans dressed very conservatively, usually with dull, emotionless colors and modest cuts (gathering around the neck, wide waisted belts and angular shapes). In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the use of bright colors, like red and gold express how separate and different Hester Prynne and her daughter are from the puritan society. The brand of sin, the scarlet letter, shows how something as simple as cloth can drastically change how one is perceived and alter one’s situation and character.
“I found the shapes and structures of the bat wings folded, or at flight very similar to the sharp angles of puritan clothes. This inspired me to start designing angular dresses and jackets influenced by bats and puritans”
— commented Danielle Coe, a fashion/textile student at Northbrook College, in her blog about her second year project “Chance and Accident” where she picked a style and subject at random and linked them together to construct a garment.
Above is her mood board, which looks at both traditional and modern interpretations of puritan clothing.