Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue Blog

Are you Claire????

The exhibition is now in it’s 4th week and it has been staggering how well it has been received.I have been at the Hall most Wednesdays carrying out some interviews with visitors and I have met some really interesting and extremely entertaining people.  Although we have a ‘comments book’ in which visitors are encouraged to write in, it’s always good to sit down with the visitors and get an idea of what they really think.  So, this is what I do:  I stand outside the Long Gallery (hiding my little tape recorder behind my back) and wait for someone who looks ‘interesting’ – I can usually tell who will have some good stories to tell simply by the way that they are dressed or how animated they are.  Then I pounce!

Once settled in the Tent Room, I start to have a little chat about what they thought about the exhibition and then ask them a little about their own wedding day.  One lady who I interviewed last week was visiting with her sister and she loved the exhibition. However, when I asked her about her own wedding she replied ‘what one …. I’ve had 5″.  After a short silence, I asked her “well what one was the best” to which she replied “oh they were all great” followed by a great guffaw of laughter by her, me and all of the other visitors who had gather round to listen to her – she was having the time of her life.  At the end she said to me “thank you for asking me those questions …. I had forgotten what great experiences I’ve had”.  It was a pleasure Mrs Smith … not her real name of course!

Whilst at the Hall yesterday, I was stopped by a wonderful couple who asked me ‘are you Claire’ to which I replied “no”.  My answer didn’t phase them (more on this below) and they carried on to tell me a little bit about themselves.  The gentleman had been a lecturer/tutor in fashion at Lincoln College – the department has since moved to the University of Lincoln.  It then emerged that he had designed and made his wife’s wedding dress ….. how amazing is that?  To have your  husband that … so romantic and where do you find men like that?  Are there catalogues?  I stopped them talking .. not because I didn’t want to hear anymore but because I wanted to catch them on my little machine’.  Off they went, and I caught up with them about two and bit hours later.  We had a long chat about the dress and his life and it then emerged that they had also made the curtains that hang in the Long Gallery … and guess what … they are still hanging … he was very pleased to see them!   Everyone’s heard of the great Antonio Berardi … my husband went to school with him and I have eaten in his family’s  cafe in Sleaford …. but this man taught him and told me a rather funny story about a school trip … I am keeping it to myself but rest assured it was very funny and I am still laughing today!

Antonio Berardi

Going back to my last paragraph, I was asked once if I was Claire (who owns Doddington Hall) whilst giving a talk on the Hall and when I replied “no”, the lady who asked the question said “well if I’d known that I wouldn’t have come out on such a filthy night” (it was the middle of winter).  Later into the talk, I pointed out Claire who just happened to appear in one of the slides and, at the end of the talk, the same lady came up and said “she is much prettier, than you will ever be” ….. from her comments, I got the faint impression she wasn’t pleased by the fact that Claire hadn’t turned out to give the talk in person…… you just can’t please some people.  Very funny though, don’t you think?

We are bracing ourselves for the Bank Holiday weekend …. lots of visitors for me to ‘pounce’ on ….. what fun!

 

TWO WEEKS AND STILL STANDING ….

When I say still standing, I am talking about the mannequins!  I am not sure about our band of volunteers in the Hall who have had to deal with the large amount of visitors to the exhibition!

On the evening of Thursday 5 August, the Lincolnshire Artist Supporters Society (LASS), held their summer reception at Doddington.  Some 60 guests enjoyed drinks on the West Terrace followed by a private tour of the house and exhibition.   LASS was formed in 1973 and its Committee is made up of women from across the County of Lincolnshire who are dedicated to raising money for arts.  The Committee raises funds by hosting lunches and dinners at country houses and stately homes in Lincolnshire and offers sponsorship to artists in all disciplines.

Marie-Therese Pumfrey, who is a member of the Committee, as well as having own wedding dress in the exhibition, was very emotional when seeing her dress on show first the first time in many years.   You have no idea how much trouble we had trying to find a mannequin to fit her dress.  We finally had to hire in a mannequin equivalent to an aged 5-6 year old child!   Present that evening was Abbey, the student who has been sponsored this year.  LASS have had a long association with the University of Lincoln and it was just wonderful to have three dresses in the exhibition which are connected to the University.

I spent the day at the Hall yesterday and everyone appeared to be enjoying the exhibition … not sure about the long suffering husbands who had been dragged along.  One man I spoke to (who sitting outside apparently enjoying the sunshine) said “I’ve seen her dress once before and it got me into a lot of trouble so I am staying away this time”.

A few of the ‘donors’ of the dresses had popped in as they hadn’t been able to make it to the opening.  This was great as it that some of the paying visitors were able to meet them.   So thank you to Pam Withers, the Fords and Henrietta Reeve for spending time answering questions etc.  I am sure that whilst I haven’t been at the Hall, other ‘donors’ have visited as I have found little tell-tale signs like photographs…. so thank you to Gabriella Parkes – your photo has now been framed.  Gabriella’s dress has been, so far, the most commented on dress.  If you visit the exhibition, you will find out why!

Yesterday was ‘dress up day’ when any visitor who turned up wearing a wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress was given free entry to the Exhibition.  I was very disappointed that no men turned up.  However, one little girl named Coco, got into the spirit of the day – I will upload a photo of her once my PC starts behaving itself!

One exhibit was missing yesterday:  Louise Fairburn’s Lincoln Longwool dress.  It had been taken to the Isle of Man and I hear that it was very well received at the Royal Manx Show.  It will be returning to Doddington on Wednesday.

If you are not too tired about me rambling on, you might like to listen to me when I featured on a couple of BBC Radio Lincolnshire shows.  If so, here are the links

Fiona-Baker_Radio-Lincs2.mp3(2MB)

Fiona-Baker_Radio-Lincs1.mp3(3MB)

Thank you to Mark Ellis of Sound Delivery for ‘cutting me down to size’.

 

OPENING

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
 

PAST THE POST

I did start this write up last week but never had time to finish it.  I hope you still want to read about ‘behind the scenes at the exhibition’ and it started so:

Well it’s now Friday and I am not sure where the last week has gone…. can anyone tell me.  The exhibition opens in two days …… HELP!   Early on Tuesday morning, Paula and I started to really get to grips with the setting up.  Paula was around last year to help me with the embroidery exhibition, so I knew that I could leave her to crack on with the jobs that needed to be done.  So, after much moving of dresses, unzipping bags, unpacking boxes and steaming, we started to see an exhibition taking shape.  Lots of people whose dresses would be on display were popping in which exciting, as you never knew who was going to pop their head round the door.  Judy Theobald, never one to miss an opportunity, also popped in as she wanted to interview a selection of the lenders.  Claudia Allife, a student of Fashion and Design at Lincoln University arrived to drop her exhibit off and ended up staying for about 7 hours … thank you Claudia!

Paula ‘working’

I left her to this whilst I had to go, armed with a horsebox to the University of Lincoln, to collect the mannequins.  Once these were in place, we could then start to hang more dresses.    The Long Gallery looked like a kind of headless cocktail party … I swear that they started talking when we left the room.  At 8 pm, we had done enough but would be back bright and early the next morning to crack on.

On the Wednesday morning, it was a case of hanging more dresses, getting the creases out of them and deciding the correct position for them and we were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Karen Shanahan from Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum was also on hand to help .. it was MuBu Joint Operations!  Karen, when it is your turn to host an exhibition, I would love to help but hopefully I will be in warmer climes by then!!!

The winning dress from the Competition ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ was also being delivered as well as the dress designed by Joanne Tsouvallaris, finalist in the Bridal Buyers competition 2010.  Out of 299 entrants, 14 entries went through with Joanne finishing in the final 6.   The fabrics were sponsored by Ian Stuart.

By late morning what we were doing started to resemble an exhibition of wedding dresses.

It is now Thursday and the day that Princess Mary’s dress is due to arrive.  It was due to arrive at Doddington Hall around 1pm but delivery was early and arrived around 12.30.  We had a group visit in the Hall when it arrived, so it was lovely for the visitors to see a little piece of history in the making!  Personally, I couldn’t actually believe it was actually at Doddington.  We all put on our gloves and set to work taking it out of its travel crate and into the cabinet which had been specially made.  Eva, the Curator from the Royal School of Needlework was also on hand as she had delivered a dress from the Collection of the Royal School of Needlework.  Let me say, the dress looks stunning and has to be one of my favourite exhibits.  We are very grateful to The Earl and Countess of Harewood and the Trustess of Harewood House Trust for allowing the dress to come to Doddington.

On Friday we were ready to number the exhibits and finish off the catalogue which was a mammoth job … roll on Sunday!

 

Setting Up has Begun

At 9 am this morning, setting up of the exhibition took place.  30 mannequins were delivered from Mannakin (www.mannakin.co.uk).  At 5 pm, Michelle Scott from Scott Trailers delivered the horse mannequin (www.scott-traillers.co.uk).  Apparently, it gave quite a few of the staff a shock this morning on entering the Hall … can’t think why!

So, myself, Rose the Housekeeper and Pat Mellows are all experts in building mannequins.  Poor Pat, she only popped in for five minutes to deliver a dress.  She had a pile of ironing to do and think that is why she was reluctant to go home … however, it could also have been the fact that we were having so much fun!

 Pat Gets to Grips with the legs

 

 

 

 

 

  

 The finished article .. it’s a bit like a line up at an identity parade

Don’t ask!

Not only were Pat and Rose on hand to help but Henry the Hoover was too … he must have been having a good old chuckle at us.  Henry had a really important job to do:  hoover the cabinet which is going to house Princess Mary’s wedding dress for the next six weeks.  It has been ‘touch and go’ and I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be able to get the dress to Doddington.  However, with the help of Dorian Church at Harewood House and ‘Billy the Builder, at Doddington Hall, it has all come together…. so thank you.  We are ver grateful to Earl and Countess of Harewood and the Trustees of the Harewood House Trust.   The address will arrive c1pm on Thursday by special delivery and will be received by Eva Hansson who is the Curator at the Royal School of Needlework.  Eva helped me enormously with last year’s exhibition and I am looking forward to spending some time with her again this year.  Eva will be overseeing it being placed and secured in the cabinet.

Henry waiting for his instructions

Before the dress arrives on Thursday, a special cabinet had to be made and this is now sitting proudly in the Long Gallery waiting for its special guest.  However, when I took some photos of it about a fortnight ago, it was looking a little less elegant.

 The cabinet in its early stages.

 

The maker of the cabinet and the finest carpenter/builder on the whole of Doddington Estate

 

People have been popping in and out all day and it has been so exciting to see who is going to arrive next … Rie Day who lives at Fulbeck Hall kindly came and dressed the mannequin with a Japanese Kimono.  We are very grateful to Riko Gordon for lending her Kimono to the exhibition.

 Rie Day in Action

Tomorrow sees another 30 mannequins arriving – I am collecting them from the University of Lincoln in the morning.  However, these don’t need building …. phew.

Tune in tomorrow for more of ‘behind the scenes at the exhibition’.

 

 

 

 

 

DRESSES OF PAPER AND WIRE

 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.

 

 

The Waiting is Nearly Over

For those who follow the blog, you will be aware that I have banging on about ‘that special’ dress.

Well, there is good news. That ‘special dress’ will be coming to Doddington Hall to be part of Old, New, Mostly Borrowed and One Blue – there’s just a couple of boxes left to tick and then all will be revealed!

 

DINING ROOM RECLAIMED

On Monday 12 July I finally reclaimed by dining room!  How did I do this …. quite easily really .. I moved all of the wedding dresses that had been ‘staying’ in the room to the Blue Room at Doddington.   You have no idea how much light piles of dresses take out of a room!  A number of dresses have been delivered to my home address:  a number of dresses by Marion Thomas (www.marionthomas.co.uk) were brought up from London by my good friend Owen Davies.  Owen was the first male Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework and was staying with me as he had an embroidery workshop in Lincoln.   Marion has been incredibly generous with the dresses and other equipment that she has loaned to me – she has even loaned her own wedding dress which is just incredibly beautiful.  Many of Marion’s creations have been featured in the top bridal mags such as Brides, Cosmopolitan Bride, You and Your Wedding, Wedding and Home, Bliss for Brides, Wedding Ideas and the Wedding Directory.   A few of the dresses were given an airing on the Saturday but I won’t go into any more detail – if Owen is reading this blog he knows that I am talking about.  Let’s just say that I have some ‘very useful’ photographs!

On 9 July you would have found me at Burghley House (www.burghley.co.uk) in Stamford as I had to collect Miranda Rock’s wedding dress.  I didn’t come back with a dress but I did enjoy some wonderful tea and cake whilst hanging around for an hour or so in the town.  Miranda assures me that her dress will feature in the exhibition.  On my way up the A1, I stopped off at Easton Walled Gardens (www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk) to collect Lady Ursula Cholmoley’s dress. 

Doddington Hall is a member of Hidden England – the group is made up of Belvoir Castle, Grimsthorpe Castle, Belton House, Rockingham Castle and Burghley House.  Unfortunatley, there are no dresses at Grimsthorpe or Belton but Belvoir, Rockingham and Burghley, as well as ourselves, will have a ‘representative’.

Another wonderful friend of mine, Paddy Killer (www.paddykillerart.co.uk) agreed to lend her wedding dress.  Paddy was delivering a lecture in Hertfordshire so dropped it in on her way home … she ended up staying two days which was great fun. 

 

 

Paddy told me ‘that the cotton velvet fabric length was embroidered in 1969 using an ancient Saurer machine, which imitates hand stitching, as a fashion project whilst I was doing my BA Hons at Birmingham Polytechnic. My design was informed by a butterfly’s wing, a popular subject at the time. The threads are DMC cotton perle and stranded cotton.  I made up the fabric length for my wedding dress in 1975. I was married in a civil ceremony, in London Ontario, in the chambers of Judge Marshman, the father of one of my husband’s students at the University of Western Ontario’.

Paddy, the dress is fab but I am not so sure about the shoes!

Yesterday, Tuesday, I collected a stunning black dress from Angela Vickers in Nottingham and on the way home I called into a rather wet and windy Belvoir Castle (www.belvoircastle.com) to collect that Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland has loaned to the exhibition.   The dress was a gift to Lady Ursula D’Abo from Isha, The Maharani of Jaipur (she was the 3rd wife of the polo playing Maharaha of Jaipur, the last ruler of theKachlawaha Clan.  The Maharani sadly died in 1970 and she gifted this dress to Lady Ursula in about 1946/7.  It is heavily decorated with Peacocks which is the sacred bird of Rajastan.

Today I have been scheduling in the collection of the last few dresses that have not yet arrived at Doddington as well as talking to suppliers of mannequins and all the other essential kit that I will need.

This weekend will be very tense as we shall hear on Monday the 19th if we have been successful with our funding bid.  If we are, then THAT VERY SPECIAL DRESS will come to Doddington and I will put you all out of your misery as to what that special dress is.

 

 

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!   

 

 

Why I Left London

After flying across the County of Lincolnshire from Boston to Lincoln, breaking every speed limit en route, the judging of the ‘A Designer Dress for a DoddingtonWedding’ Competition judging took place – during and after completing this mercy dash I suddenly remembered why I left London.  The judges:  Kathy Gaul, Lecturer in Fashion at the University of Lincoln, Caroline Chamberlain of Caroline Chamberlain Bridal Couture and myself!  What a tough decision we had to make.  All of the entries were amazing and after much deliberation the overallwinner was chosen.  Sorry readers, but our decision is embargoed until Monday 5 July and you know all about the Judges’ rules being final and all that!  All will be revealed in due course.

 

The Judges (L-R Caroline Chamberlain, Kathy Gaul and Fiona Baker) with Flora Meyer

The lucky winner will have their dress made up by Graduates at Lincoln University’s Fashion Department and the dress will then be one of the exhibits at the exhibition.  They will also be able to visit the Department to see the progress of the dress …. how exciting … how I wish it was me who won!  To find the winner of Second Prize, I will be loading the designs onto Facebook and asking visitors to the site to vote for their favourite design.  The winner’s prize will be a day spent in the Fashion Department at Lincoln University …. and yes I am still wishing I was the winner.

There was a young lady who entered who really impressed the judges and although, not the overall winner, she will be contacted on Monday and be the receiver of some very good news! 

  

Difficult Decisions Ahead

Amy Ward

 

 

Competition Entries

We had a late entry to the competition – Flora Meyer who lives in France and was visiting her Aunt Claire (owner of the Hall).  Her designed so impressed us that we had to award a special prize of ‘Youngest Entry’.  The shoes she had designed to match the dress, would have made Cinderella proud!  Flora’s mum’s wedding dress will be featured in the exhibition.

Flora Meyer with her winning design

During the judging, we had a few amusing moments:  The first was that Calendar TV turned up as they wanted to do a feature on the competition.  After horrified looks, we all rushed off to look in a mirror.  Secondly, Judy Theobald popped in to do an interview with each of the judges.  These interviews will feature on BBC Radio Lincolnshire in the run up to the exhibition  Judy has an amazing story about her own wedding dress and she has promised to let me interview her so that I can extract the story.   We had Sally, the camera lady from Calendar wearing a replica of Princess Diana’s wedding dress and she looked stunning  as did Judy who performed a balletic routine to shame Angelina Ballerina. 

Sally Taking a Break from Behind the Camera
 
 

About this Sponsor

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.

css.php