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William Morris was noted for being 'very careless and unfinished in his dress' and he railed against the extravagances of Victorian fashion, but he was very interested in clothes and promoted the idea that they should be both practical and beautiful. This talk will take a light-hearted look at the dress of his family, friends and colleagues in artistic circles in the late nineteenth century, the sometimes surprising use of Morris furnishing fabrics for clothing around 1900 and in the 1960s, and the present-day proliferation of Morris patterns in designer collections and fast fashion. Come dressed in Morris if you can.

Annette Carruthers worked as a decorative-arts curator in Leicester and Cheltenham and taught at the University of St Andrews until 2014.

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Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1LT

01315 503660

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To ensure the safety of visitors and staff we have introducued various measures noted below. We are certified Good to Go by Visit Britain.

  • timed exhibition tickets
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  • hand-sanitising stations
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  • plexiglass dividers between staff and visitors


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