Chertsey Museum - Waisted Efforts – Fashion Study Day CANCELLED

Saturday, June 10th 2017

Unfortunately due to low numbers this event has now been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted. We apologise for any disappoint or inconvenience. We hope to run the event at a later date if there is enough interest.


Venue: Chertsey Museum, The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8AT

Time: 10.30am – 3.15pm

Speakers: Grace Evans and Mandy Barrington

During the first session Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume will discuss the museum’s current exhibition Waisted Efforts, which charts the changing styles of the waistline in fashion from the 1750s to the 1950s.

After which there will be a chance to see selected items from the Olive Matthews Collection.  The museum’s spectacular collection featuring many items of national significance. It contains over 4,000 men's, women's and children's fashionable clothes dating from c.1700 to the present.

In the afternoon there will be a talk by Mandy Barrington on corset construction. Mandy has been teaching the next generation of costume makers for over 14 years, both in the UK and internationally. She has also worked professionally making costumes for shows such as My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, London, the hit West End show Wicked, Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Opera House and more recently the BBC Birmingham production of Father Brown. Mandy has worked to develop a pattern system that supports the creation of historical patterns for a modern body shape. This extensive investigation has led to a recent publication on pattern drafting, titled Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body.

Programme for the day

Arrival – 10.30 tea/coffee
11am – talk: Waisted Efforts – exploring the fashionable waistline, 1750 – 1950 - Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume, Chertsey Museum
12 noon - A chance to see selected garments from the Olive Matthews Collection of dress

1pm – 2pm – Lunch – not provided.

2pm – talk: Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body - Mandy Barrington, Senior Lecturer - Costume and Performance Design, The Arts University Bournemouth.
2.45pm – Delegates will be divided into 2 groups.

Group 1 - tour of the exhibition with Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume.
Group 2 – chance to have a closer look at the original costume items

The groups will then swap over.

3.15pm – tea/coffee
The Museum will remain open until 4pm, giving delegates a chance to explore the displays in their own time.