Deconstructing the past.
Today Linda give us a delightful insight into how history propagates when you attempt to explore the past. It is this side of history that holds my fascination; the moment you look back in time and ask a question, the more the past opens up and comes right back at you with more and more questions that take you on a journey not only backwards in time, but also in different directions. Then you realise that the past is o not a linear chain of events arranged by date, but a transient three dimensional arena that can pull you off on a journey of discovery.
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I found this dress in an antique shop in Leominster:
I noticed it, went away and had a cup of coffee, then went back and bought it. I’d been thinking about Minnie and Dewsbury of course. Did she wear a dress like this? What was it like to wear it? Who would have made her dresses? How were they made? It’s quite damaged, and I had an idea that I could deconstruct it, but I’m having second thoughts about that now. I don’t think I can bring myself to take apart an item which has already survived such a long time.
I’m not finding it easy to date, as I’m by no means an expert on Victorian fashion. It has machine stitching in it, so that places it after 1850.
I have a book Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A photographic Survey by Alison Gersheim. From the dated photographs in…
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