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Shelley Tobin, National Trust Curator of Costume delves into the wardrobe of fashionable 19th-century women, unpicking hidden stories of silk gowns in their collections.

Both the National Trust collections and those at thee Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter preserve many silk afternoon and evening dresses made between 1840-1900. Attention is often focused on the impressive ‘big frock’, rather than the textiles and trimmings they are made from. This talk will explore the versatility of silk and its use in the Victorian period.

Curator Shelley Tobin takes a closer look at fashionable dress highlighting some of the most prevalent colours and patterns favoured by fashionable women in the mid to late-19th century.

From plain crisp silk taffeta to complicated Jacquards, re-made 18th-century woven silks to ‘transformation’ dress, this talk will aim to unpick the hidden stories of individual silk gowns in the collections.

The talk will be held online via Zoom. Ticket entry is by Give What You Can donations welcome, in partnership with Friends Of Macclesfield Museums. Every donation, of any size, makes an important difference in helping our work with our local community and preserving our collections. Please consider giving what you can, thank you.

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