Begins 16 September at 10:00
Ends 31 December at 16:00
Private exhibition by Lisa Jayne Smith of historical costumes handsewn onto small models, made after years of extensive research that tell the story of the ‘Change in Fashion from 1066-1980’s.’ It took Lisa 5 years to complete the set, and there are 85 in the collection.
There will be a selection of the models on display at Dean Heritage Centre. They tell the journey of fashion changes from: Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean, Puritan, Restoration, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and up to the 80’s. There are a wide range of different looks, colour, shapes and culture and so reflect the real- life diversity of population.
Lisa tells of her passion for costume:
“Having been involved in Amateur and Semi-Pro theatre for 30 years, in all aspects of it from Acting, Singing, Directing, writing, back-stage, prompting, set decoration etc., on some of the main theatres in Birmingham, Worcestershire and Sandwell, one of my principal passions within the theatre was costume, particularly for period plays which require accurate period costume!
I became so interested that I self-studied it, acquiring books on Period costume. I have been an avid fan and follower of History and particularly Costume History for as long as I can remember, and since being a teenager, I’ve wanted to do this project. I was costuming a play once, when I came across a book in the library that was titled, ‘The Change in Fashion from 1066-1960’s! A thousand years of Costume history, and I wanted to make EVERY costume!
Come with me on a journey of accurate Costume change throughout the eras of Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean, Restoration, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, 1910’s, 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s up to the 1980’s. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I have in making and creating them.”