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The Costumer's Manifesto: 18th Century Women's Costume at the V&A 2002 UK Trek with the meeting of Manifesto Fans

I (Tara Maginnis) and my shop head-sidekick Lorraine Pettit have just returned from our trip to The UK and other locations (San Francisco and Las Vegas). During our trip we met up with a bunch of folks who have heard of us through the Manifesto and did assorted activities with them. Here we will share our trip photos and some of what we learned and saw.

18th Century Women's Costume at the V&A

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Silk covered shoes, c. 1735, brocaded silk upper, leather sole, England. Made from silk woven in Spitalfields, London.

Blue Silk Brocaded Mantua, English, c. 1720. Lappets, Cap Back and Borders, of Brussels bobbin lace, Flemish, 1720's.

A Mantua style, formal Court dress, 1740-1745, silk embroidered with colored silk and silver thread, probably England. (Botanically accurate flowers like the ones embroidered on this dress were a feature of embroidery and patterned silks made in the 1740's &1750's in England.)

(V&A Costume Collection)

In one of the study areas of the 18th century part of the new British Galleries, they have a reproduction hoop and petticoat to try on with these instructions.

Robe of Brocaded silk, English, 1740's, made from silk of the Early 1730's. Petticoat of Quilted Silk, English, mid-century. Cap, French, 1730's. Neckercheif, neck ruffles and Sleeve ruffles, German & English 1730's & 1740's.

Jacket made from reused late 17th Century figured silk, English, 1720's. Petticoat of quilted silk, English, 1740's, Sleeve frills and Cap of linen, English, mid century, Apron of cotton embroidered whitework edged with Flemish bobbin lace, 1700-1725

Another quilted petticoat

Gown made from silk designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite, 1744, altered to later fashion, probably in the 1780's, England. The original design for this silk, dated April 22, 1744, by Garthwaite is also in the V&A.

Robe and Petticoat 1760-1765, made for Mrs. Eva Garrick (nee Eva Maria Veigel 1724-1822), the wife of the actor-playwright David Garrick (1717-1779), made in England of Hand painted Chinese silk.

Portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Garrick at home.

Court Mantua 1770's

Dress of hand painted silk, c. 1780

Gown and petticoat (left) of printed cotton, English, c. 1785

Dark printed cotton dress, late 18th Century.

Dress of Indian Block Printed Fabric, 1780's Robe made from a silk and wool shawl, English, late 1790's.

Panels of tiles for a music room, showing Portuguese courtiers, c. 1720's, Portuguese Tin Glazed earthen wear from Lisbon.

Woman's court dress of Oudh (in India), thought at one time to have belonged to a Queen of Oudh. The trousers (farshi paijama) of this costume are typically made with 17 triangles and 1 rectangle in each leg (see diagram), and the dress has a similar construction to give fullness. (diagram from the descriptive labeling at the museum, copyright the V&A. Do not duplicate! This image is for pattern study purposes only.)

1999 UK Costume Tour Images (Musee de la Mode, etc)

18th Century Costumes from the Victoria and Albert Museum as seen in "Old English Costumes" c.1908

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2002 UK Trip Page

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Manager of the Picture Library of the V&A  Four Hundred Years of Fashion Manager of the Picture Library of the V&A Four Hundred Years of Fashion

Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th Centuries Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th Centuries

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800 Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800

The Art of Dress : Fashion in England and France 1750 to 1820 The Art of Dress : Fashion in England and France 1750 to 1820

Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century

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Clothes That Wear Us : Essays on Dressing and Transgressing in Eighteenth-Century Culture

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis