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February – ‘Months’ by J.June – 1749

February! ‘The Months’ by J.June 1749 Details: -We’ll start off with her cape – it’s an interesting one this. It’s obviously ermine fur lined and black on the outside. But it’s the frilled collar style thing at the base of her hood which is the intriguing bit. […]

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January – ‘Months’ by J.June – 1749

January! 1749  ‘Months’ by J.June and Published by Voisin     Details include: – She wears a wide hooped petticoat – I love seeing these in action! -Her dress is of a strong red colour – although probably if these are prints then they could get coloured […]

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Mdm Maisonnet by Liotard – 1755

Portrait Studies: Mdm Maisonnet by Liotard – 1755 We always meant to put up some of the images that just capture the attention when we do our research; really study into them and list what’s seen. This particular artist is always cropping up and Jean-Ettiene Liotard had […]

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Hereford Resource Centre

Study Session At the Hereford Resource Centre (All Images courtesy of the Hereford Museum Resource and Collections Centre) Just a quick post… What an amazing place! We STRONGLY advise anyone wishing to study costumes to get themselves down there – it’s a perfect blend of amazing staff […]

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Lacma and the Stomacher-Style Stays

  Caraco and Petticoat: At The Los Angeles Count Museum of Art (LACMA) We were just having a quick click through our 1770’s folder, doing some research on a dress to study at the V&A when we whizzed passed this little beauty. Dated c.1770’s, this light and […]

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The Stomacher-Style Stays again

The Stomacher-Style Stays Debate:   We think it’s become clear that this topic needs more in-depth research. So, please consider this little post as the new beginnings of our research! There seems to be two views on whether the decorated-front Stays that we find in our museums […]

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A Trip to Berrington Hall

A Trip to Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall Having had a study session booked to see some of the Snowshill Collection’s Stays, we decided to go a day early to have the chance to walk about the National Trust Property first and see what was in the rest of their displays. In this […]

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National Portrait Gallery – Edinburgh

National Portrait Gallery – Edinburgh

National Portrait Gallery: Edinburgh We had a Study Session booked at the National Collection Centre in Edinburgh last week. So off we set, across the country to have a look at some Eighteenth Century Stays, Shifts and Hoops. On arrival into Scotland we found we had a […]

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Whalebone Stays – Who Wore Them? Part 4

Whalebone Stays – Who Wore Them? Part 4

Whalebone Stays: Who Wore Them – Part 5 Images of Plebeian Women that are Unclear We have so many images gathered which we thought showed signs of a more controlled body look or which we thought could be used be used for the non-wearing stay argument but […]

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Totnes Fashion Museum Session

Totnes Fashion Museum (All Photos Courtesy of the Totnes Fashion Museum) I had the most amazing day with Julia Fox at the Totnes Fashion Museum when they were changing their displays. From a prior phone call she had 3 dresses waiting to be dressed onto their mannequins […]

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