Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue

Old, New, Mostly Borrowed And One Blue Blog

THANK GOODNESS FOR MY DIARY

I thought it time that I let you know what I have been up to since my last post on 5 May.  To do this, I have to look through my diary as I have real trouble remembering what I did the day previously!  .
My main priority has been to select the best dresses for the exhibition and this is proving to be an extremely hard task as I have been receiving lots of emails from people who have heard about the exhibition and would like to lend dresses in their possession.  I get to the point when I think that have compiled the perfect list of dresses only to open my mailbox and find another email of which the contents sound too interesting for me to ignore.  After looking at the photographs which are sometimes attached to these emails, I then have to decide whether to add this new dress to the collection which then means that I have to delete a dress already on the list.  What a dilemma.
You will remember the lady that I mentioned at the end of my last entry.  Well, I was due to meet with her today but we have had to postpone our meeting until Friday.  So I hope to be able to update you on her dress and the interesting story behind it after that.  
My days have also been taken up with quite a few meetings which have been to do with the setting up of the exhibition.  We have been extremely lucky to have been given funding from Renaissance East Midlands (http://www.mla.gov.uk).  The MLA leads strategically and promotes best practice in museums, libraries and archives, to inspire innovative, integrated and sustainable services for all. They are a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Launched in April 2000 as the strategic body working with and for the museums, archives and libraries sector, tapping into the potential for collaboration between them, MLA replaced the Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC) and the Library and Information Commission (LIC).
This funding is allowing me to organise a competition ‘Design a Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ of which the details have already been sent out to the County’s secondary schools.  I have launched the competition in collaboration with the University of Lincoln’s (http://www.lincoln.ac.uk) School of Art and Design and have asked students of Design and Technology submit a design for a dress for someone who might chose the Hall as the venue for her wedding.  I would really like to give someone a ‘step up’ on the fashion ladder and perhaps get their portfolio started.  All of the entries will be judged by the tutors of the University’s Fashion Department, myself and Caroline Chamberlain (http://www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk) – I mentioned a little more about Caroline below.  The winner will then have their dress made up by the students who are currently studying fashion, and it will then be put on show at the exhibition.  The funding is also enabling me to make a short film showing the making of the dress from start to finish.  I will upload details in due course so that you able to follow the progress of the winning dress.
On Thursday, I hosted a visited by Fiona Marshall who is a wonderful lady providing training at the workshops that I am attending that are arranged Renaissance East Midlands.  The training given at each workshop  is proving to be vital to me as they are enabling me to deliver the digital side of the exhibition.  There will be a number exciting digital aspects to the exhibition and I will be able to tell you more about these after my next workshop which is on 25 May.  
On Friday, I visited Caroline Chamberlain at her wonderful studio at Burton Waters, near Lincoln.  As I mention above, Caroline is one of the judges who will help to choose the winning dress from the school’s competition.  I first met Caroline when she brought a number her dresses to Doddington in February for a photo shoot.  Caroline also made up the Lincolnshire Longwool dress that has been loaned to the exhibition by Louise Fairburn.  Thanks to Caroline, you will be able to see the original designs for the dress.  During the exhibition, you will also be able to see a variety of Caroline’s own designs with a new dress appearing on a weekly basis.  It is also hoped that Caroline’s mum’s wedding dress will feature in the exhibition – there was a stunning dress in the window of Caroline’s studio which she had based on her mum’s wedding dress and is very Grace Kelly.
 

COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS

It’s been a pretty hectic week but not as hectic as the next four that are coming up!  However, they are going to be extremely exciting and interesting and I am really looking forward to them.
Tomorrow I am attending another course which will teach me how to video and record and then to edit the material.  The equipment I need arrived last week so it has been rather ‘interesting’ getting to grips with it but it will be put to good use over the coming weeks.
On Thursday 1 July, the judging of the ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ takes place in the Great Hall.  The judges will be myself, Kathy Gaul, a lecturer in Fashion at the University of Lincoln and Caroline Chamberlain http://www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk/, who is a wonderful local dress designer/maker, based at Burton Waters near Lincoln.  Caroline will be showing some of her stunning creations at the exhibition – she was also involved in the making of the Lincolnshire Longwool dress.  We shall be announcing the  winner of the competition on Monday 5 July.
I have had some stunning entries – the majority of them are now at the Hall but I have a few sitting on my dining room table and I just can’t resist looking at them every now and then.  I know it is going to be a hard choice for us to decide on the winner.
Friday takes me to Leicestershire to collect a dress belonging to a lady called Kiki Everard.  Now this is quite spooky, as when I was in the Army and based at MOD, I worked alongside her brother-in-law, James.  He was a Captain then but she tells me he is now a Major General!!!  Yesterday, I called to arrange collection of the dress and spoke to James’ brother, Nick, …. it was totally weird as it sounded as though I was speaking to James …… still trying to get over the experience.
Next Tuesday (6 July), I am off to Beamish http://www.beamish.org.uk/ to collect two amazing dresses.  Kate Reader, the Keeper of Social History at the Museum, has been a great help and I can’t thank her enough for agreeing to lend these two particular dresses.
The following week, I shall be visiting places like Belvoir Castle http://www.belvoircastle.com/ and Easton Walled Gardens http://www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk/ to collect the dresses that have been kindly loaned by Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland and Lady Ursula Cholmeley.
I will keep you up-to-speed of my adventures as I travel around the countryside.
Do visit the Blog on Monday 5 July to hear who the lucky winner of the competition is.  It will be extremely hard for me to keep the news secret for four days.
 

VISIT BY BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL

On Monday 21 June, 20 or so delightful girls from Boston High School, accompanied by three wonderful teachers (Mrs Stubbs, Mrs Anderson and Miss Davidson) descended on Doddington to gain inspiration for their own personal entry in our ‘A Designer Dress for a Doddington Wedding’ Competition.  The weather was extremely hot outside so the cool of the Hall was very inviting.
However, there was a huge obstacle in the way:  another school visit.  60 or so primary school children to avoid is not an easy thing to do … but somehow I managed it.
I started off by giving the students a brief history on the Hall and then took them round each of the rooms – there is a lot at Doddington to gain inspiration from whether it be textiles or wall paper.  I also made them think about lots of obstacles in the Hall that could make life difficult for the bride who had to wear the dress that they designed. 
All of the students who were part of the visit were studying Design and Techonology and quite a few of them wanted to go onto study fashion in some form or another at University.  I spent a lot of time in the company of Francesca and Mina – they were both very inspirational.  Francesca was born to ‘be’ in fashion … she was wearing an extremely cool T shirt with an amazing quote by Coco Chanel … so brilliant I can’t remember what it was!!!
During lunch a brought a few of the dresses that will be in the exhibition into the garden for the students to have a look at and perhaps take inspiration from.  Two of the dresses are shown below:  the heavily decorated dress designed and made by Angela Vickers was a huge hit.  I also showed the students the Elizabethan dress (also designed and made by Angela Vickers) as earlier on that day when we were in the Drawing Room of the Hall, I had shown them a sculpture of an Eizabethan collar – the dress also had a very similar collar. 
The students were absolutely amazed by the difference in size of the dress belonging to Vicky Jarvis, the current owner of the Hall’s mother – many of the students actually thought it had been made for a child.  The dress was worn in the 1960s whilst the others are modern from around 2000 and was made by Hardy Amies.
There was lots of humurous moments in the tour but one stands out: I turned round to explain a dress and all I could see were three bottoms sticking out from under a dress .. obviously very eager students who needed to see the construction of the petticoats and hoops.  I have saved the ladies’ dignity and will not publishing it!
The students left around 2 pm as they were very eager to get home to work on their designs.  All of the designs will be with me by Monday 28 July and judging of the competition will take place on 1 July.  The winner will be announced on 5 July.  
I shall inform you of the lucky winner in due course. 
 

I have just over 5 weeks to bring everything together for the exhibition and I don’t think 5 weeks is enough! 
I’ve had a real problem remembering what I have been up to since I last updated you on 9 June!  So I reached for my diary and had a look over the last seven days and here’s what I have been up to (thank goodness for diaries ..my whole life would fall apart without one … I can’t control my hair so I have no hope of controlling my life!).
I have been doing the usual things like sending emails, taking telephone calls and picking up dresses but one job that I had to complete was our funding application to Lincolnshire County Council.  There is a lot riding on this application and we won’t hear the result until Monday 19 July!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhhh.  We have to start setting up on 26 July so you will appreciate that I have had to put a Plan B into action.  So rest assured, if we receive the grant funding, you won’t hear a lot from me apart from groans and screams of agony between 19 and 26 July as I shall be chasing my tail. 
I have been banging on about a ‘special dress’ which I hoped I would be able to tell you about by now but you will have to wait a little longer ….. 19 July to be exact.  I will tell you ‘what dress’ whether we get funding or not. 
Last Monday, I went to collect two dresses but before that myself, Amy Claridge (Doddington’s Press Officer) and Claire Birch, the owner of the Hall had great fun photographing some of the dresses – well Amy and Claire had great fun … I was treated like a wardrobe mistress!  The dresses photographed were an Elizabethan dress which had been designed and made by Angela Vickers (http://www.angela-vickers.co.uk/), a Hardy Amies designed dress belonging to Vicky Jarvis (Claire’s mother), Claire’s own dress and a dress belonging to Emma Milligan-Manby which was designed by Caroline Parkes – Caroline will be contributing to the exhibition too.  Claire was married to her husband James on 12 July 1986 ….. the dress still fits!   It really is a simple and stunning dress made of cream taffeta.  It was made by Angela Holmes of Droopy and Brown who, I think, are/were based in York.  You will be able to see Claire’s dress which will be shown alongside her mother’s dress (shown on the left) as well as her two sisters’, Katharine and Sophie … how stunning will it be to have these four dresses on show together.
Claire Birch with Emma Milligan-Manby’s dress and
the Elizabethan styled dress by Angela Vickers
Claire with her Mother’s dress
The first dress that I collected belongs to a wonderful lady called Pam Withers who made her own dress for her wedding in 1960.  It is made of pink brocade and has a wonderful matching veil and headress.  Unfortunately, the winkle picker shoes that she wore were given to the Salvation Army (I think).  Pam was a tonic after such a hectic week.  Her dress is now safely at the Hall and I will be there to take some photos tomorrow. 
After collecting Pam’s dress, I went to Eagle (a village about 2 miles from Doddington Hall) to meet Mrs Bushell – she is the lady I mentioned in my last update who rang me out of the blue enquire whether I would like to have her dress for the exhibition.    Again, another wonderful lady with a wonderful dress and the original pattern for the dress.  The spooky thing is that the material is nearly identical to that of Pam’s dress.  
I didn’t take that dress away with me, as Mrs Bushell is going to pop it over to the Hall when we are setting up…. it’s wonderful when people want to be involved in the setting up process…… they get to appreciate  the chaos behind the scenes and, belive me, there will be chaos. 
The photograph on the left shows the happy couple immediately after their wedding at Southwell Minster.  Whilst the one below shows Mrs Bushell arriving at the Minster on the arm of her father.  She told me that she could tell her father was very emotional by the look on his face.  My favourite thing about this photo is the fact that her father is carrying a Bowler hat.
On Tuesday, I was attending another training workshop – the very last one before I am allowed out on my own to record and video the masses.  The equipment I need to do this, arrived at the Hall on Wednesday and I have spent the last few days working out how to use it because ….. TOMORROW I HAVE 20 ODD STUDENTS FROM BOSTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL VISITING THE HALL AS THEY ARE TARKING PART IN THE WEDDING DRESS COMPETITION ….. no sleep for me tonight.    I am really looking forward to the visit because it means that things are starting to fall into place.
After finishing the blog, I will need to plan the visit as well as thinking about what I will be photographing, videoing and recording.  Mark Ellis from Sound Delivery expect a phone call sometime tomorrow evening or early Tuesday morning.
Next week it is a varied and busy week – I am especially looking forward to the school visit tomorrow.
 

EXTREME RECYCLING

You may or may not be familiar with the book ’101 Uses for a Dead Cat’ which is an extremely funny book … before you ask … yes I adore cats!

Yesterday whilst attending a training workshop, Mark Ellis from Sound Delivery (http://www.sounddelivery.org.uk/), who is trying very hard to teach those attending (especially me) the basics of editing audio and video footage, told me of a blog a guy called Kevin Cotter had written which all began with his wife’s departure after they’d been together 17 years, ever since their senior year in high school. She took all of her belongings when she moved out of their Tucson, Arizona, home, with one exception. In her former section of their walk-in closet, she left her wedding keepsake box.

“You forgot something,” Cotter recalls telling her.

“And what’s that?” she replied.

“Your wedding dress.”

“Yeah, I’m not taking that.”

Cotter was dumbfounded.

“What do you expect me to do with it?”

“Do whatever you want with it,” she said before she drove away…………. and that’s exactly what he did.

To read the story in full visit http://myexwifesweddingdress.com/ … it is absolutely hilarious.

So readers, have you done anything exciting or extreme with your wedding dress?  If so, do let me know and I will publish the stories on my blog….. look forward to hearing from you all.  I admit that I did something rather extreme with my first wedding dress ….. I shall tell you what it was if you let me have your stories.

 

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. 
 
 

You May Lick the Bride

If you own a dog or perhaps even a couple of dogs, like me, I am sure, you will talk to them as though they were human – you know they will never answer you but you live in hope!
Whilst researching dresses for the exhibition I stumbled on a website called Urban Pup (http://www.urbanpup.com/) and discovered there was such things as wedding dresses/tuxedos for dogs. 
Dogs and cats have been dressed by humans for years (poor things) … I used to dress my dog up and push it around the garden in my doll’s pram when I was child and I am sure some of you who read this blog have done the same.  Not my granny though, my granny had a monkey when she was a child which she used to dress up and push around in a pram.  I remember the day I discovered she had a monkey .. no mention had ever been made of this fact to me in the past.  After my granny’s death, we were looking through some photograph albums and I noticed this black and white photograph with a particularly ugly baby featured.  When I asked my mum who this ugly baby was she replied …’of that was my mum’s monkey’.. as if it was the most normal thing in the world!  What normaly person had a monkey to play with as a child?  Apparently, it got too wild and it was packed off to Glasgow Zoo.
The Bride and Groom
Back to reality, I contacted Urban Pup and a very helpful lady called Allison Cosgrove was only too pleased to offer some items for the the exhibition.  So, when you visit the exhibition you will be able to see a dog bride and groom … I would have loved my dogs, Magpie and Dora, to model them but I decided that was a bad idea.  So Alison has kindly agreed to lend two canine mannequins too.  I can tell you that Miss Dora Dog and Mr M Pie are not happy with my decision.
 

AN EXCITING EVENT

I knew that there was something else I had to tell you …. not so much tell you but more to ask for your help!

Do you by chance still own your wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress and fancy giving it an airing one more time?  I really do hope so, because you are invited to a special event at Doddington Hall on 15 August for which I need your help.  On this day, I would like to add some more dresses to the exhibition…… the one that you wore on your own wedding day or as a bridesmaid at someone else’s wedding. 

For just one day, there will be a selection of new dresses so come along … along as you are wearing an exhibit!  Everyone turning up in their wedding/bridesmaid’s dress between 1 and 5 pm, will be given free entry to the Hall, gardens and exhibition.

For more information contact me via email:  fiona@doddingtonhall.com

I really look forward to having lots of you turn up to what will be an extremely fun day.

 

THE CONTENTS OF A VERY LARGE BLUE BAG

Now I know this large blue bag doesn’t look to exciting I know but what’s inside it IS extremely exciting! 

On Friday 30 April, I travelled to Nottingham to meet a lady called Angela Vickers who hand makes stunning wedding dresses.  Her studio is based at Nottingham Fashion Centre on Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham.  After navigating myself around the rabbit warren that is the City of Nottingham and found the studio, I was given an extremely warm welcome by the lady herself. 

Every gown that Angela makes is individually crafted using only the finest silks, satins, delicate lace, feather, specialised embroidery and embellished with fabulous crystals.  Brides come from all over, even abroad, to her studio.  In the showroom there was a dress that took my breath away:  Angela then told me it had been bought by an Italian girl and she was taking it to Italy!

We moved into another room and Angela disappeared behind rows and rows of gowns, I didn’t think I would ever see her again but then a she appeared with a dress, disappeared again, then she appeared with another dress.  This went on for about ten minutes and by the end of that time I was surrounded by some stunning gowns.

When I got the dresses home, I just had to get them out of the bag again.  And this photo shows them hanging in my dining room.  The room resembled a very up market fancy dress hire shop. 
Below I have given you a glimpse and a brief description of just a few of the ones that Angela has kindly loaned to the Exhibition.
The photo on the right shows an copy of the wedding dress worn by Lady Jane Grey.  She was the nominal Queen of England for just nine days in 1553, as part of an unsuccessful bid to prevent the accession of the Catholic Mary Tudor.
Jane was born in the autumn of 1537, the daughter of the Marquess of Dorset. Through her mother, Lady Frances Brandon, she was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII. At around the age of 10, Jane entered the household of Henry VIII’s last queen, Katherine Parr where she was exposed to a strongly Protestant, academic environment. Jane developed into an intelligent and pious woman.  In October 1551, her father was created duke of Suffolk and Jane began to appear at court. There, real power lay in the hands of the fiercely Protestant Duke of Northumberland, who acted as regent to the young king, Edward VI. In May 1553, Jane was married to Northumberland’s son, Lord Guildford Dudley.
It became clear that Edward was dying, and Northumberland was desperate to prevent the throne passing to Edward’s half-sister and heir, the Catholic Mary Tudor. Northumberland persuaded the king to declare Mary illegitimate, as well as Edward’s other half-sister Elizabeth, and alter the line of succession to pass to Jane.  Edward died on 6 July 1553. Four days later, Jane was proclaimed queen. However, Mary Tudor had widespread popular support and by mid-July, even Suffolk had abandoned his daughter and was attempting to save himself by proclaiming Mary queen. Northumberland’s supporters melted away and Suffolk easily persuaded his daughter to relinquish the crown.
Mary imprisoned Jane, her husband and her father in the Tower of London. While Suffolk was pardoned, Jane and her husband were tried for High Treason in November 1553. Jane pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death. The carrying out of the sentence was suspended, but Suffolk’s support for Sir Thomas Wyatt’s rebellion in February 1554 sealed Jane’s fate. On 12 February, she and her husband were beheaded. Her father followed them two days later.
Lady Jane Grey’s signature
This is a close up of the exquisite embroidery on the sleeves and body of the dress
 
The Lady Jane Dress is very elaborate but a favourite of mine is very ‘Jane Austen’.  I love its simplicity.
 
 
Waiting for Mr D’Arcy
Angela also loaned her copy of the late Princess of Wales’ wedding dress.  Most of the materials used for Princess Diana’s dress were made in Britain. The designers constructed the dress from three different types of fabric, including high-quality taffeta made from silk woven on Britain’s Lullingstone silk farm, more than 100 yards of tulle, and lace that once belonged to Queen Mary, which the designer and her mother hand-embroidered with more than 10,000 pearls and sequins.  The lace came from Nottingham.
The original dress worn in 1981.
After the dresses were packed away, we had to get them down to my car somehow.  Angela and her Assistant, kindly packed them into a huge bag which made it a lot easier but I still wasn’t sure if I could get them in the car but we had to try.  On our way down the stairs, we met a couple coming up who looked at us in horror as they said it looked as though we were disposing of a body! 

The dresses fitted in my car but the petticoats for each of the dresses didn’t so I will collect these at a later date.  Not a problem, as I will know exactly how to find Angela’s studio!!

I am very grateful to Angela for taking the time out of her day on Friday and for the wonderful collection of dresses that she has loaned to Doddington Hall.  For information about Angela visit http://angela-vickers.co.uk/.
Next week I shall be visiting another lady who is kindly loaning her dress – it was made by her and has a wonderful story attached.  However, until I meet with her and get her approval to tell you the story, my lips are sealed!  I spoke to her on the telephone last night and she is quite a lady!

 

BROKEN PROMISE

I am sorry that I didn’t deliver the promise I made in my last post!   I know it is now the 27th of April and I promised to come back to you all on the 22nd! However, don’t despair I will let you know in due course if the news is good.  So far so good but I just to find a special piece of equipment and then I will let you all know of THAT dress.  I do so hope you will find the news worth the wait!

As well as working on THAT dress’ I have also been busy trying to secure other dresses as well as working on launching a competition that we have just been given funding for. 

In March I attended a seminar at the University of Leicester which had been arranged by MuBu which is part of Rennaissance East Midlands (www.mla.gov.uk/renaissanceeastmidlands).  It was one of the most interesting seminars I have ever attended and was all about how to use the ‘digital age’ to promote an event i.e. by using Facebook, Twitter etc etc. 

Before the seminar, I had an idea of running a competition alongside the exhibition whereby (this is a simplified version) a wedding dress would be designed by students of Design and Technology from the County’s secondary schools, the entries would then be chosen by a panel from Lincoln Univeristy Art and Design Department and the winning entry would be on show at the exhibition.

At Doddington, we have excellent relationships with primary schools who come to visit the Hall and take part in our education programme – they are also able to take part in events arranged in the Kitchen Garden.  Bishop Grosseteste college has helped us quite a bit in the past but I really wanted to concentrate on the secondary schools and perhaps give a student, who wants to go on and study fashion and design, a step on the ladder.

Last Friday I met with the staff at the University of Lincoln and outlined what I had in mind and they confirmed that they would be thrilled to be involved … hallelujah!  So today, I have been working on the outline of the competition and am just waiting on having it approved – the University are the ones who are going to make up the dress so it has to be something that they can work to.  I will keep you updated on progress.

Due to the funding, we shall be able to make a film all about the life of the dress i.e. the inspiration, the material, the making of and finally the finished article in all its glory playing its role in the exhibition.  We are extremely grateful to Renaissance East Midlands for their help with this project.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, I am attending the first of the training days to help with the project and I am looking forward to it immensely and will tell you all about it in my next update.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I spent the morning with Sara Basquill who is the Keeper of the Collections for a number of the Lincolnshire County Council museums like Gainsborough Old Hall and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life to name just a couple.  Sara was kind enough to let me look through her database of costumes which are held at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.  I came away with about 75 sheets of paper which I now have to look through and decide what to choose.  What a job … how on earth am I going to choose what to leave out … it’s doesn’t seem fair.  Sara mistakenly gave me details of a tank …. this is one exhibit that I won’t have to think too hard about.

After lunch, I made my way to Tasty Vintage (http://www.tastyvintage.com/) which is a wonderful shop based at 9 Steep Hill in Lincoln and is owned by a lady called Harriet.  She sells vintage clothing and accessories from the 1920s through to the 1970s.  She showed me to her newly created ‘wedding room’ and what she had in there was mouthwatering.  I have chosen a number of dresses which include a couple from the 1960s … very Twiggy and a wonderful velvet number from the 1920s which has a headdress a bit like Julius Ceasar’s laurel wreath.  Not only has Harriet offered to lend me these dresses but she has also offered her own wedding dress – you can see it in the photo on the right.  This too is from the 1960s.
Also, this week we have been busily designing the flier for the exhibition.  It is very stylish and you will soon see these in and around the venues in Lincoln … do pick one up or even a few so that you can pass them on to your friends.
This Friday I will be in Nottingham looking at another collection of dresses.  Again, I will have some difficult decisions to make but will let you know of just a few that might be making their to Lincoln.

 

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.

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