Horsham’s “Big Dress” project

September 25, 2011 at 8:31 am (fashion) (, , , )

Looking for some information on The Diaries of Sarah Hurst — the first “Georgian Gem” noted on my new book blog — I came across this PDF of clothing at Horsham’s Museum. The “catalogue” opens by stating:

“Horsham Museum is fortunate to have a large collection of ‘dig dresses’ ranging in age from the early 1800s to the end of the nineteenth century.”

The work of conservation storage for their garments collection began in 2008.

The accompanying photos leave a little to be desired, but it’s still great to SEE as well as READ about the garments. Some lovely close-up images. Most seem to be Late Victorian. A number of wedding garments (just the type of clothes one would expect to have been kept).

A late piece (1890-1900), but with such gorgeous detail on the back jacket, I couldn’t resist, eventhough neither Mary nor Emma would have lived to wear such a garment:

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