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I am so pleased to be able to update you on this project, which I wrote about here.
The Crowd Funding project has been wonderfully successful and the target of £500 has been reached ( in fact IIRC it was exceeded!)
As a result Hilary Davidson’s article on Jane Austen’s Pelisse, published in Costume, the publication of the Costume Society of Great Britain, is now available to read freely by all and you can access it by clicking on this link here.
I have really enjoyed reading it: it is fascinating to discover the process whereby Hilary Davisdson concluded what Jane Austen may have looked like by taking the detailed measurements of the garment.
I was so very pleased to recognise many of the names of people who contributed financially to the project: I hate using this site to ask for money but thought that, as the amounts requested in this instance were relatively modest, you wouldn’t think badly of it: and indeed, the evidence is that you didn’t! Thank you to everyone who was able to contribute. I hope you are enjoying the fruits of your philanthropy.
Once I receive the piece of silk, replicating the silk used in the Pelisse, I will, of course, write about it here!
is one of my favourite museums,and I’m off to visit it again in the summer…Hurrah!!!
Set in the magnificent Upper Rooms,a place Jane Austen and her characters knew very, very well, they have a vibrant attitude, and they concentrate on all aspects of fashion, not just the past, though its early 19th century collection is unrivalled, in my humble opinion.
A forthcoming exhibit is Princes Diana’s Dresses:,whose death sparked similar responses to when Princess Charlotte died. As I saw her wedding dress when it toured the country after THE wedding of the year in 1981,I am looking forward to seeing these.
Here is a link to a small but funky video which gives you a very good idea of what is on offer there- my personal favourite , the gloves collection features nicely!