Costumes on display at Hartlebury Castle

9:00am Thursday 13th June 2013

WORCESTERSHIRE’S County Museum at Hartlebury castle is displaying its impressive 19th century costume collection at a talk next Thursday.

The museum’s collections officer Anita Blythe will be holding the talk, Costume Up close, at 11am.

She will discuss the changing fashions of the 19th century, from classic straight lines to layers of crinoline and on to the Victorian bustle.

Participants will get a rare opportunity to have a close look at ten different examples of women's dresses which are usually in the museum stores and are very rarely seen.

Dresses will be chosen from author Jane Austen's time to the end of Queen Victoria's reign and the talk will discuss the different fabrics and styles for both day and evening wear as well as how the garments were made.

Rachel Robinson, visitor experience manager said: “This is a rare opportunity to see some of our beautiful stored costume and to learn from an expert about the fashions of the 19th century.

“Participants will have a very informative and enjoyable day and may even leave inspired to make their own gown to impress their Mr Darcy.”

For more information call 01299 250416.

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