AGM & White Embroidery Accessories in the Victorian Period

AGM & White Embroidery Accessories in the Victorian Period

Saturday 08 February 2020

2019 is the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. Her birth heralded in a period of rapid change. Industrialisation and the expansion of Empire brought wealth, a growth in democracy and the expansion of the middle class affecting dress and fashion, and lace, that indicator of status and wealth, could now be made by machine and so was within the reach of many.

Heather Toomer, a long-standing member of WECS, joins us to speak on the subject of her latest book, Fashionable white-embroidered accessories: c.1840 to 1900. Throughout this period white fabrics provided a finishing touch to women’s necklines and wrists and as textile prices fell with industrialisation, were worn by a wider population. As always, Heather will complement the lecture with a display of original material from the period, including collars, cuffs, chemisettes and undersleeves worked in very different types of embroidery.

Heather Toomer is a freelance author, lecturer and consultant on all aspects of the history and identifiation of antique lace and white-work embroideries from the 16th century to the early 20th century. She has published extensively on lace and white-work embroideries.

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