Layers of fashion - Take II - recreating Patterns of Fashion dresses

Layers of fashion - Take II - recreating Patterns of Fashion dresses

Saturday 05 October 2013

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of WECS in 2013, on the occasion of the 14th Janet Arnold day, we have decided to repeat the event held for the 5th Janet Arnold day in 2004. This time using three of Janet’s Patterns of Fashion books and stretching the skills of WECS members to greater heights. All the patterns in these books were taken from original garments found in museum collections from the Fashion Museum in Bath, Salisbury Museum, the Clive House Museum in Shrewsbury to the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Starting with the undergarments the models will be dressed on stage with explanations of the research involved, the problems overcome in the construction and the correct way to wear the outfits, with perhaps a little social history to add colour to the final picture.
The outfits this time will be a fuchsia-pink, silk chiffon evening dress, ca.1931-2; a white cotton morning dress, accompanied by a male military uniform, ca.1798-1805; a brocaded, silk mantua, ca.1708-9 and an off white satin gown with gold on velvet embroidery, ca.1562.
In order to make this a really memorable occasion we are holding the event at the Roper Theatre in the West Wing of Hayesfield Girls School in Bath. This brand new state of the art 330 seat concert theatre has raked seating and sound recording facilities so will give a splendid setting for what will be a wonderful event. Do join us and bring along any friends to make this a great day.
The teams are currently working hard on toiles and sourcing materials under the watchful eye of Rod Quilter. Already some wonderful embroidery is emerging and exotic fabrics, and museums are being visited to look at real objects to check accuracy of interpretation.
This should be an exciting day!

The report on this event is included in the Autumn 2013 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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