Costume Society Ambassadors, News | July 11, 2017
Introducing the Costume Society’s Newest Ambassador
I am a textile conservator currently based in Lincoln. At the moment I am working on the conservation of a set of seventeenth-century tapestries at Doddington Hall, which had been nailed to the walls for over 250 years. I graduated from Glasgow University last year with an MPhil in Textile Conservation, and have worked on a diverse range of objects, including conserving a rare 12th century Buddhist embroidery at the British Museum, a bloodstained military jacket from Dumfries Museum, and mounting a silver-gilt prince’s jacket for display in the V&A Fabric of India exhibition.
I signed up to become an ambassador for The Costume Society to learn more about historical costume myself; I confess, I can’t always pin a dress to a decade, but am a big fan of 'Frock Flicks' (a website devoted to reviewing historical costume in TV and film) and know that stretch velvet is NOT historically accurate! As a textile conservator I often have the privilege of seeing historical clothing up close. I’d like to share my insight as a conservator and interest in the social history of clothing with readers of the Costume Society blog.