Coming soon: Hand-Me-Downs: the life story of a dress


A special dress gets kept as a loving memory, but what happens to the clothes you wear every day? Follow a dress from it’s first creation in the 1830s through to its end use 100 years later. From being a delight to its new owner fresh from the box, see it handed down through the years; remodeled, reused and recycled with each new wearer. Meridith Towne, a historical dressmaker, will take you on this special journey telling the story through examples of historical garments she has recreated and the sewing techniques involved. She will reveal some of the tricks of the film and theatre trade on how they ‘break down’ new costume to make it look old and worn and she will encourage you to question, what is the story clothes have to tell?

Available autumn 2020.



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