“Dress, Manner and Carriage”

“Dress, manner and carriage… a person must be a great beauty without them, but they are certainly within the reach of any body of understanding”

Fashion plates – Keats Parlour

On the table just in side the room to the left are copies of fashion plates from fanny’s collection, only these are made from and embellished with fabric

These plates in their original form can be seen in the book in fanny’s room, Fashion plates came with Magazines and were often kept and taken to dressmakers as inspiration.

This was based on the my earliest of my ideas, I wanted to do something to draw attention to Fanny Brawne’s collection of fashion plates now owned by the houses, but I wanted to present them in a different way to draw attention to them, linked to the chemisette in which fabric has been swapped with paper here paper has been swapped for fabric on which the plates are printed and them decorated with fabric embellishments, ribbons beads etc.

Of all the pieces this is the one i would most like to redevelop. Currently I am exploring doing this in one of two ways, towards the same outcome but with a higher level of work and detail, so each plate is more of a work of fabric art, then perhaps consider framing them. Or redevelop them as slides, overlaid with fabric textiles and patterns and run in and old style carousel on a loop.

The plates were in good condition on completion of the exhibition.

Feedback from the visitor questioner showed the Fashion plated to be the least touched and handled items in the exhibition confirming my fears

 

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About lholmes4keats

I have worked with Museums across the UK for the last ten years making costumes for exhibitions on everything from The Titanic to Tyrannosaurs. I have Run workshops and lectures on costume both nationally and internationally, my work has featured in exhibitions, films and theatre productions both nationally and internationally. In 2011 I curated The Needle is always at hand, an exhibition of dress based on Fanny Brawne's life while she lived at Keats House.
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