Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue


 This morning was spent with KimberleyVan Haren of Boston High School who won our competition ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ at the Fashion Department of Lincoln University (www.lincoln.ac.uk).  When we arrived both of the Graduates and Kathy Gaul, Lecturer in Fashion were hard at work.  I had already been to the Department the week before and saw the dress in the early stages so was eager to see what work had been done in that time.   When I saw it last week, I was overwhelmed and I knew that Kimberley would be too!

We were accompanied by Rick Holland, Director of Blink Media (www.blinkmedia.org.uk) as he will be making a short film about the making of the dress.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to get the very early stages but we were able to get quite a lot of filming done this morning as well as a little interviewing too.  It was quite clear from the start that Kimberley, like me, hates to be interviewed.  We also had a few words from John and Jess the two Graduates who made the dress.  When I visited last week, Jess was making the top of the dress which has been ruched … she told me today there was 300 meters of ruching in the top of the dress alone!

Rick caught in the headlights of my camera

I would love to show you an image of the dress but I am sorry you will have to wait as it is not being unveiled until the opening day of the exhibition…. sorry!

Next Wednesday, Kathy and her team  (John and Jess) will descend on Doddington along with 40 mannequins, a few ‘swan neck’ hat mannequins as well as Kimberley’s dress .. and will I be pleased to see them!

As well as many hours spent on the PC, I have also spent many hours on the road.  I have collected three more dresses:  an exquisite Indian dress belonging to a lady called Sidra Waris, one belonging to my gorgeouse friend Henrietta Reeve who lives at Leadenham House – she was married at the Guards’ Chapel in Wellington Barracks, London.  I spent many a happy day in those barracks – I had a penthouse room in the Army accommodation!  Not a good place to live when there was a State Visit or when Trooping of the Colour was happening or even when HM The Queen was having a party (She was a very noisy neighbour):  have you ever tried to sleep through hundreds of pairs of boots with tacks on the soles stamping down flights of stairs … not easy … I’ve slept through an IRA bombing but somehow this noise was louder!  Henrietta has also loaned the most beautiful dress which dates from the 1920′s – there is a connection to Fulbeck Hall which I have yet to figure out … I am just far too tired tonight so I will let you know what it is in due course.

Claire Birch, the owner of the Hall, was given some information on a lady called Lynn Dennison.  I called Lynn just to see if she would be happy to lend something to the exhibition and she jumped at the chance.  Lynn’s work is absolutely interesting and the three pieces I have chosen for the exhibition are below.  They are all made out of paper and wire!  We are so grateful to Lynn for ‘coming up ‘trumps’ at such short notice.

Jane Austen


‘My Mother’s Wedding Dress’

‘Sleeping Beauty’

 The majority of the dresses are now at Doddington – I just have a few to collect from Lincoln County Council’s archives tomorrow and that will be it.  I still have to get my own dress down from the loft … nothing like leaving it to the last minute.  As I type, I am leaning on the box which holds my shoes … mmmmm.. I wonder if they will still fit me?  I am sure after six years even my feet will have put on weight.  Just opened the box and guess what I found … the straps to the dress .. you have no idea how long I have been looking for them!

About 10 days until the exhibition opens but so much more to tell you …. tune in tomorrow.



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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.