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The Secret Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes – Kate Strasdin

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

A gift from a friend in 2016 led me on a journey that is not yet completed but is proving to be utterly fascinating. A pink silk covered accounts ledger was revealed to be filled with swatches of dress fabrics, each sample accompanied by a caption describing the owner, the year and sometimes the occasion at which the dress was worn. It charts the lives and loves of a whole community of men and women from the 1840s to the 1870s, lives lived in the North of England but also with evidence of travel abroad. This lecture unravels the secrets held within this unique book and looks at how understanding people’s clothing shines a light onto their lives.

  • Email: samlesbury@theartssociety.org
  • Time: 14 December 2022 - 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Venue:Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
  • Duration:60 Minutes (approximately)

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