Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Wellingtons by Gucci and Shirley Bassey

After the drama of last week, I can tell you that the lucky winner of our ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ was Kimberley Van Haden of Boston High School.  Suzette Stubbs, Kimberley’s teacher, delivered the good news to her on Tuesday… well done Kimberley.   I really would have loved to have been in the room!

Her designs are now with the Fashion Department and Lincoln University and I know that there is a lot of conversations going on about colours, fabric etc etc … I really can’t wait to see the dress when it is unveiled at the exhibition.  It is going to be a complete surprise to me … so it is going to be a complete surprise to you too.  So, no don’t even bother asking as you are not going to see her designs.

Amy Ward, a former student at  Thomas Cowley High School in Lincolnshire, has been given a commendation as her entry impressed the judges so much.  Amy is going on to Stamford College to study fashion and who knows where she will go from there …. look out for the name in the future.  One of Amy’s drawings has been selected to be made up in a sample piece for her portfolio and she has agreed to lend it to me for the exhibition.. so thank you.  It looked stunning on paper so I can’t wait to see it ‘in the flesh’. 

The winner of 1st prize has been found but I now need to find the winner of second prize.  To have a look at the designs please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Doddington-Hall-Gardens/130213967014534 and email me on fiona@doddingtonhall.com to let me know your favourite design.

The invitations to the Opening of the Exhibition on 1 August have now gone out and the replies are starting to stream in.  I hope that peope remember to reply as I don’t want to be short of wine on the day!  So if you are reading this and haven’t yet replied … I want to hear from or it will be a rather dry party for you.

 Today I was out and about in Lincolnshire and my first stop was Harrington Hall (www.harringtonhallgardens.co.uk) near Horncastle.   The Hall is owned by a delightful couple, David and Shervie Price, and their daughter, Hesther, has loaned her wedding dress (and a pair of Gucci wellies … yes wellies ….) to the exhibition.  The dress was designed and made by Sara Perceval and my next stop was Sara’s house to collect some of her designs.

Sara was one of Europe’s most respected designers and designed for a large number of celebrities.  Her past list of clients include people such as Shirley Bassey, Shakira Caine, Bing Crosby, Britt Ekland, Diana Dors, Hot Chocolate, Rod Stewart … the list goes on and on.  Sara wrote a wonderful book ‘Star Image’ Secrets of a Better Dress Sense’.  The book will feature in the exhibition but I have been reading some of it this afternoon and will continue to read it tonight in bed …. just the Introduction had me hooked. 


Friday sees me on the road again when I will be collecting dresses from Burghley House (www.burghley.co.uk) and Easton Walled Gardens (www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk)

However, before that I have a MuBu Workshop tomorrow which I am really looking forward to!   



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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.