Silk Flowers and Feathers: Reimagining a Regency Bonnet

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My regency headpiece was a university project under the mentoring of the milliner Claire Strickland. I based my research on a visit to Sands Films library at Rotherhithe in London which is an incredibly valuable resource. One could spend days going through all of the fashion plates they have! Eventually I decided to construct the bonnet … Read more

Silk Top Hats are the Bitcoin of Antiques

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Few accessories seem quite as evocative as the silk top hat. As the essential headwear of Victorian gentlemen and a modern statement of aristocratic wealth, the silk top hat now faces a sad decline as the few limited examples large enough to fit modern heads mean the style is set to become even more exclusive. … Read more

Hawes and Curtis Release Limited Luxury Silk Shirts!

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The renowned Jermyn Street shirtmakers Hawes and Curtis have unleashed a range of limited edition silk shirts in some incredible designs. “Cut from fluid silk, our exclusive shirts have a casual, unstructurjed silhouette and are made to hang loosely and freely,” said the iconic brand. “Perfect for the summer, our silk shirts are swathed in … Read more

How Is Silk Made?

Silk is among the most wanted and popular natural fibers with an abundant history. Pliny, the Roman historian, estimated in his Natural History in 70 BC that “Silk was acquired by getting rid of the below the leaves with the aid of water …”. It is fascinating to keep in mind that for more than … Read more

Shipwreck Treasure: Reconstructing 17th Century Stockings

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In 2014 the Texel shipwreck revealed some incredible 1640s treasures including a gown belonging to a very wealthy woman. But for some the most exciting find was less grand. A pair of unworn silk stockings was found in the same pile of muddy rags that held the gown, an embroidered velvet purse and a Bible … Read more

For What it’s Worth – the Making of a Legend


Charles Frederick Worth arrived in Paris as a sales assisant from a modest birth in Lincolnshire with not a word of French and no more than a five pound note in his pocket. Fourteen years of hard graft later he was clothing the French Empress Eugenie and rocketing to worldwide fame, setting fashion principles that … Read more