Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Mad Moments, Two New Dresses and a Horse

I have already told you about the ‘Design a Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ competition that is being run alongside the exhibition, in an earlier post.  In the very early stages of planning of the exhibition I had one of my ‘mad moments’ and thought it would be a good idea to make a film about it i.e. the schools visit the Hall to gain inspiration for the dress, choosing the winning design and then the making up of the dress.  So, in the last few weeks I have been attending workshops to learn how to do this – I am attending another on Tuesday so that I can get even better or should I just say better!  I have ordered the equipment that I will need to do this and by the time I understand the instructions the exhibition will have been and gone. 
However, I do hope to produce a film that you will be able to watch when you visit the exhibition!
This morning I had a call out of the blue from a lady who lives about two miles from Doddington Hall.  She visited the Farmshop yesterday and picked up one of the leaflets and decided that she would like to lend her wedding dress to the exhibition.  I was thrilled - I have no idea what it looks like but I know that it is ballerina style and is decorated with Solomon Seal …. doesn’t it sound lovely.  I shall have some photos to show you after my visit to meet the owner on 14 June.
Another wonderful dress that is going to be shown was worn by a bride who rode a horse to and from the church!  To show the dress it its best, I am busily trying to track down one of those model horses that you see in saddlers.  A friend is on the case …. when I discussed the idea with him, there was a huge pause on the other end of the phone.  Can’t understand why..can you… I don’t think it is such an unusual request.  I hope to have some pictures of ths wonderful dress for you soon.
I realise that I haven’t told you about that ‘special dress’ and I won’t be able to tell you now until about 16 June … I shall tell you the whole story about why I can’t say more then.  Sorry to keep you on tenterhooks.
My other big job this week is to decide what to choose form the vast collection which belongs to Lincolnshire County Council – there’s so many to choose from and it is going to be very difficult for me to choose what to leave out. 
 
 
 

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A wonderful and exciting collection of interesting and historical wedding dresses dating from the 1820s to the present day.  Many of the dresses have been loaned by private collectors as well as national museums.  A number of the dresses on show, have been loaned by a number of the great houses of England:  Burghley, Belvoir Castle, Somerleyton Hall to name just a few.

The interesting dresses will include one made from the fleece of a Lincolnshire Longwool sheep, loo paper and a complete knitted dress include the sandwiches and cake destined for the reception.  Canine wedding dresses will also be featured.

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