Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue


Old, New, Mostly Borrowed and One Blue opened to the public at 1 pm on Sunday 1 August 2010.  However, an hour before the opening we had a ‘PV’ to which all of those who had helped with the exhibition had been invited.

I was still upstairs ‘tweaking’ when the doors were opened – everyone seemed to arrive at the same time.  The guests were invited to wander round the exhibition and then make their way down to the West Terrace for drinks where they would be served by two stunning models which Caroline Chamberlain of Caroline Chamberlain Bridal Couture had kindly provided.    I did manage to say ‘hello’ to a few people but to those I didn’t .. I wasn’t being rude.  I think everyone enjoyed seeing their personal dress on show and it was lovely for the ‘donors’ to be there and for guests to be able to speak to them in person and get the story behind each of the dresses.

‘The Waitressess’

You may (or may not) have read about the Schools Competition ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ which was won by Kimberley Van Haden from Boston High School.  Second prize was awarded to Jasmine Clarke also from Boston High School.  Jasmine’s prize was to spend a day in tnohe workshops of the Fashion Department at Lincoln University.

The Boston High School ‘Team’

Jasmine Clarke (2nd from the left), Francesca Ulanoff and Mrs Stubbs their teacher on the far right

I was lucky enough to have seen the winning dress but everyone else would have to wait until the opening…. Kimberley’s mum had also seen it.  When it was unveiled at the exhibition, everyone had a really hard job of taking in the fact that Kimberley was only 14 years of age.  Here she is with her proud parents:

Jess Winney

one of the Graduates who worked on the winning dress in the Schools Competition

In the Holly Bedroom you will find a stunning ‘Worth’ dress which has been made by a wonderful girl called Claudia Aliffe (I hope I have spelled her name correctly … I have already been told off once for getting it wrong) and here she is with her partner, Daniel.  They cycled from Lincoln to Doddington and not a hair was out of place!

Daniel and Claudia

Here are a few of the people who have helped me bring the exhibition to fruition.

Ian and Louise Fairburn (The Lincoln Longwool Dress)

Beryl Toule

Ian Macalpine-Leny

Caroline Chamberlain

Owen Davies and Paddy Killer

James Birch (owner of Doddington Hall)

I would just like to finish off by thanking Rick and Nikki of Blink Media (www.blinkmedia.org.uk) who produced the virtual tour so that our disabled visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition.  They also produced the DVD of the making of the winning dress.

Rick Holland and Nikki Toye of Blink Media

Claire Birch (owner of Doddington Hall) being interviewed by Rick and Nikki

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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.