Louise Taylor, Wimbledon College of Art 2011 The Patterns of Fashion Award
Louise was declared the winner with her exquisite reproduction of a 1770s brocade gown with quilted petticoat. The original garment is in The Gallery of English Costume dated 1770-1780. The polonaise is ivory silk with soft green stripes and a brocaded pattern of roses in pink and purple with deep green leaves.
Sourcing a suitable fabric had been one of the most difficult aspects to begin with. The polonaise was worn over an ivory satin quilted petticoat made of one layer of satin backed with wadding and lined with lightweight wool fabric and the judges commended Louise on her quilting skills.