Hilary Davidson, the assistant curator at the MofL is wonderfully helpful, informative and approachable. I had seen this dress previously in another visit and it had caught my eye as the dress was immaculate in its transformation from a mid 18th century gown to its late 19th century incarnation. The work began with a thorough look see of the garment, taking measurements and really casting my over the dress. It is a combination of 18th century silk brocade and 19th century silk (satin weave in cream). Its current style is an 1880s dress with a centre front fastening. I will be taking some more photos of the garment on a mannequin hopefully on my next visit. The dress is both hand and machine sewn with extreme skill. There was certainly not much evidence to show that it had been re-fashioned. The only evidence I could see was that on the underside of the arms, two triangular inserts both of different sizes had been sewn, other than that it looked immaculate.
|1750-1770 Silk Brocade from a gown originally belonging to Queen Charlotte|
|Wrong side of the silk brocade.|
It's been made and and sits beautifully on Hilda but no photo as yet because I need to adjust the hem and sew the buttons on the cuffs. Went to D & M Buttons to get my little buttons covered. My boyfriend in there has offered to take me to Barcelona as he said I looked tired. I might take him up on it. I am pleased with the outcome as I feel that I have taken this project to it's natural conculsion. I did unpick the sleeves. The nice fine cotton was easy to unpick and the stitch marks barely visible. I will be interested to see what Becky, Kay and Linda have to say.
The 1/2 size pattern has been made and I am working on the sleeves which will be cut from the skirt. I am inspired by the Biba sleeves in the 'Black in Fashion' V & A book. Unfortunately, there is not enough fabric to create full length sleeves. I keep working. I really want to get this finished before my tutorial on 8th February.
Fashion Illustration For Absolute Beginners
Celia, our teacher is lovely. I'm getting better. I really am. I enjoyed myself this week and think that I am beginning to really understand about weight distribution. Finally, I have understood that holding the pencil up thing. When I was at Goldsmiths, that teacher Peter Cresswell explained it to me so many times but I never got it. Well, I got it yesterday. The class is fun.
Books I am Reading This Week
Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century by Natalie Rothstein. It's fabulous but everybody know that.
Still on Visualizing Research. This is a very good book and has really cleared up in my mind the objective of the 'Literature Review'. In the book it's called a 'contextual review' which I like. It clarifies it more in my mind.
Additionally, just because I love it 'Couture or Trade: An early pictorial record of the London College of Fashion.'
On my way to the tube station yesterday. I saw this shoe sitting on a bin. I knew it was fairly old or 'vintage' at a glance. I looked around for its partner but she wasn't there. The shoe was 'Made in England' and I didn't recognise the brand. Made in Northampton? In its day it was a cheap shoe but as a vintage item it had a certain touch of charm about it.
|Lone Shoe in Wilesden|