|The complete slideshow
||[Apr. 1st, 2009|02:01 pm]
Costuming Charles II
The slideshow of the silver tissue dress is here.
The album is here. Photos are as big as Photobucket would take; I can email really huge ones on request.
The bad news is that I only got to see the bodice; excuses were made about the skirt. I was seeing the Edwardian dress I'm also working on too and I was told that they didn't think I'd have time to look at two whole dresses. Wtf, right. (Symington's complained that this can be a problem with Bath. They only give you two hours and restrict how much they'll let you see.) Also, it was said that it's a pain to get the skirt out of the box. (So is driving 3 hours each way. *grumble*)
A later comment made more sense though. I think honestly that it boiled down to a care issue. Since the re-branding of the Fashion Museum this dress has finally come off display, meaning that everyone has wanted to see it and it's been in and out of the box like a yoyo, obviously risking damage. I think they're just reluctant to keep having people handle it so much.
However, I did protest that it was only the waistband I was desperate to see, as per Kendra's question about binding the pleats - enough to guilt-trip the lady at the museum into saying she could have a look into the box next time she's in the archives and see if she could put us out of our misery without having to get it out. She said she might even take some snaps. I've reminded her by email since I got back and I hope she'll keep her word.
Meanwhile, in The Cut of Women's Clothes there's a drawing of a "waist belt" on the pattern, and there's no sign of such a thing on the bodice. So could that be the waistband that the skirt cartridge pleats are attached to?
In the meantime, enjoy!