J. P. Ryan has spent more than a decade studying the clothing of the latter half of the 18th century and the early 19th century. Her studies have taken her into the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of the City of London, among many others, in search of details of authentic design, fabric, construction and finishing for period clothing.
Her understanding of the clothing of this period goes well beyond the study of artifacts. Her intense involvement in the living history movement has given her an unusually deep understanding of the society and culture which produced these clothes, and the people who wore them.
The caliber and quality of her work is reflected by the prestigious museums where she has served as a consultant and contractor.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,
The Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Alexandria, VA
Decatur House, Washington, DC
Dumbarton House, Washington, DC
Gunston Hall, Lorton, VA
Wilton House Museum, Richmond, VA
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC