Artistic Dress

Transgressive Fashion in the Victorian Era

Now Showing: Artistic Dress, Watts & Morris

Two rather exciting exhibits related to Artistic Dress have just opened in the London area: Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits at the Watts Gallery; and Yinke Shonibare MBE: … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Red (Carpet) Revolution

Does hearing the inevitable ‘Who are you wearing?’ during the Red Carpet season fill you with excitement or dread? I shall dispense with apologies for my blog hiatus and get … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Thornycroft Dress

This is a post I wasn’t going to make – it was in the ‘save it for the book’ category. However, one of my keen-eyed students from my Artistic Dress … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Myth of Pre-Raphaelite Dress

It’s Pre-Raphaelite Day! What does this mean? Well, this is, ostensibly, the 164th birthday of the Pre-Raphaelites. It is being celebrated across the web, at the instigation of the fabulous … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Women in White

I was remiss in posting last month! Luckily, the thought-provoking Kirsty Walker has made a call to art detectives today at her blog The Kissed Mouth, which has inspired this … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

Remembering Elizabeth Siddal

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Siddal, artist, poet, and wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. To honour this, events were held at the gorgeous Highgate Cemetary … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Private View… of Aesthetic Dress

One of my favourite Victorian paintings is a bit of a standalone in that it is not made by one of my favourite painters. Don’t get me wrong, Frith is … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Fan

In my research I have been able to look at some amazing things. Studying Victorian fashion, and getting to go into museum collections and unwrap amazing gowns and look at … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

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'Mrs Luke Ionides' by William Blake Richmond, London, 1882. Oil on canvas. Collection of the V&A, Museum no. E.1062-2003. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Friends of the V&A.

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