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Saturday, May 31

Seen on the Blogosphere: Dressing History

Dressing History provides accurate historical fashion reproductions, engaging historical interpretation, original garments for sale and a series of talks, including one on Dressing Jane Austen. With an emphasis on historical accuracy, this site provides a reliable resource for dress historians, re-enactors, museums and the heritage industry. The importance of dress is a tool that helps people to understand the past, both when addressing the social history of and era, and in understanding individuals, like Jane Austen.
This fabulous new site offers two one hour talks, which incorporates reproductions and original items. Based around Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, the talks draw on various sources, including letters and the authors' novels, as well as surviving garments, to accurately present what the clothes worn by these remarkable women could have looked like.

Dressing History also uses exclusively natural fibres, and tries, where possible, to use authentically woven fabrics. Many of the pieces you will see on the site are based on original garments, portraits, or fashion plates. Most importantly, a research portfolio is available for each garment.

For the lucky individuals who live in the UK, the Dressing History historical interpretation service offers a wide range of characters, both in third and first person, and covers the 16th to 19th centuries. Many of the characters portrayed are real historical people, and are presented, after thorough research, of what that person was truly like. The site is also able to offer a selection of original items, both for sale and for study. These items vary from shoes and parasols to complete dresses and vary in age from c.1800 to the 1970s. Please see the site for details.

Feedback and comments are very much appreciated, and will be returned. The latest version of flash is needed to view the site, but a link to a basic html only version is also available. Go to to view the site. While it is already very comprehensive, it will be enlarged and improved as time goes on!

The open robe at right, a reproduction of a gown circa 1797, is created using tiny pleats, which are all handsewn.

Posted by Vic, Ms. Place

1 comment:

Chris Dornan said...

Thanks Vic. Aren't those dresses simply gorgeous? I remember nearly swooning over the 'Little Black Dress' exhibition at the Brighton museum recently--half of the attraction of costume dramas may be the costumes! Bring them back I say.