On a recent visit to London, England for my grandson’s birthday, I spent an enjoyable time at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I took lots of pics hoping to share some of these with you.
The inner courtyard at the Victoria and Albert Museum where many people were taking advantage of the lovely spring weather
Yes, I am not always a good girl! My lunch that day was very British cream scones!
Just look at the pillars & ceiling in the restaurant…..can you see parts of this in a quilting or embroidery project? I can.
And another pic taken as I ate my cream scone……what a venue for tea?!?
This fascinated me. Martha Edlin did this embroidery way back between 1670 & 1680. The small scale of her work shows her skill – the tiny stitches on the pin cushions. She was just 13 when she made some of the items on display.
Day dress dated 1835-1838
This is a cotton chemise dated 1820-1830. I am no expert on period clothing but I think a chemise was worn underneath a dress rather like a petticoat
Dresses were such an investment that they were often made with separate bodices for different occasions and evening wear. Extra pieces like the lace peplum could be added for further variation. Crinolines required such vast amounts of fabric – the hem of this dress is more than 5 metres of fabric! This dress dates back to approx 1869 -1870.
I put this in for a bit of a giggle…..a WOOL swimsuit dated 1937-1939…..Can you imagine going for a dip in that?!
And another one!
This evening gown was designed by Jeanne Lanvin 1967 and is silk chiffon with gilded kid leather embellishment.