A Symphony In White

Look where Berrington’s latest costume display has ended up…featured on the pages of the glossy and stylish September edition of Period Ideas Magazine! The article, features the exhibition ‘Symphony In White’ created by Professor Nancy Hills and currently on display at Berrington Hall. ‘Symphony In White’ is an exhibition of reproduction costume charting the chronology…

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A Cinderella Moment…

I don’t subscribe to the female stereotype of adoring shoes but I challenge anyone not to be excited, or just a little bit intrigued, by the rows and row of boxes in the Costume Curator’s stores at Berrington Hall. Women’s shoes in the 18th century were predominantly made of fabric. The material was often patterned dress…

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Women in 18th Century Politics – 1784 Election

Originally posted on All Things Georgian:
Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library As we all know the ‘well to do’ women of the Georgian era were regarded as objects of beauty that simply swooned and fainted at the sight of a gallant gentleman. They wore stunningly beautiful clothes and shoes and spent hours on their hair…

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 61,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people…

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Wearing the garden

Originally posted on Treasure Hunt:
Damask waistcoat in 1770s style, using fabric from 1755. Wade collection, Berrington Hall, inv. no. 1349699. ©National Trust I just spotted these images of yet more gorgeous waistcoats from the Wade collection at Berrington Hall, on the well-illustrated Hidden Wardrobe blog. I have previously showed some of these exuberantly ‘pre-Brummell’…

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Wearing The Garden

Wearing the Garden; A post by Althea Mackenzie, Curator of Costume for the Charles Paget Wade Costume Collection The history of the waistcoat goes back to the period of the Restoration when Charles II introduced it as part of ‘correct dress’. The style was derived from the Persian vests and in 1666 John Evelyn wrote: “To Court,…

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A Thousand Fancies….

Originally posted on Textile and Dress Historian:
The power of objects to inspire a thousand fancies Charles Paget Wade Charles Paget Wade, a poet, architect, artist-craftsman and not forgetting keen collector of eclectic objects, to inspire. This collection can be seen at Snowshill Manor, which Wade gave to the National Trust in 1951. The collection…

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The Duchess at Berrington Hall

The Duchess at Berrington Hall, until June 30th 2014 In rural Herefordshire, amongst acres of field and farmland, Henry Holland’s perfectly formed and beautifully designed mansion, Berrington Hall, is deserving of its accolade ‘a Georgian gem’. Most would consider this an accurate description but some find the austere design in stark contrast with its elegant,…

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Fabulous Fans

  Fans are like hats…once a necessary accessory to an outfit but nowadays a rare sight for fashion purposes. Fans are more likely to be found in display cases in museums and the stores of specialist societies than worn, or rather used, by an individual in the street. As object d’art they are beautiful to…

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The Bird & Pearl

So here it is…my favorite hat in the exhibition. It feels a little sacrilegious to say this as this hat is actually on loan from the Hereford Museum and Learning Resource Centre (If I could do a second blog on the incredible costume collection housed there I would; Over 8000 items!). I do happen to…

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What a week!

There has been many late nights and early starts of late but its all been for the most excellent of causes; the celebration of historical fashion! I hope the images below can give you an insight into how the past week at Berrington Hall has unfolded…and to David, Althea & Chloe…thank you🙂

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Hats in March, Hoops in April…

March Events at Berrington Hall: Hats & Bonnets 18th – 20th Century hats & bonnets from the Charles Paget Wade costume collection (On display until 30th April) Gorgeous Georgians A stunning display of star items from the Charles Paget Wade costume collection (Running throughout 2014) Patterns of Fashion 2013 Finalist The Polonaise, C1770-85, created by Grace…

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