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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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With the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations coming up soon, I thought I would put this image on my blog, which is a photo taken in the fashion house ‘Dorville’, where my mother worked as a couturier dressmaker in the 1950’s and 60’s. In this picture she had just started her training as a 16 year old and can be seen working on the hand finishing on the Queen’s coronation robes. My mother is the young woman to the far left of the picture.

Dorville fashion house in 1953

Dorville fashion house in 1953

Some iconic images of garments made at Dorville




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I have recently visited ‘Lost in Lace’ exhibtion at Birmingham City Art Gallery and the Stewart Easton exhibition ‘Four Tragic Tales’ at the MAC. Both exhibitions were inspirational and the ‘ghost dresses’ of  ‘After the Dream’ by Chiharu Shiota, ecoes the dress my mother made for my MA show. which was an interpretation of the empty dress that was Charlotte Bronte’s wedding dress. Chiharu Shiota said of the work, ‘My installations with clothes always refer to the clothes as a second skin, which carry the memories of the people who wore these clothes’

After the Dream, Chiharu Shiota, 2011

'The Empty Dress'

Stewart Easton 'Four Tragic Tales'

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