Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

Nineteenth Century Fashion and Literature - 4 week course

This 4 week course will explore how Fashion, Textiles, Art and the attitudes of society evolved during the nineteenth century, examining both working class and middle class dress.

Each session will include a timeline, a wide range of illustrations, authentic items of clothing and textile samples from the period, as well as examples of reconstructed nineteenth century dress. An illustrated talk will feature extracts from the letters and novels of Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte as well as the writings of William Morris and artists/designers of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Issues for discusion include why the fashions in the time of Jane Austen were considered so shocking, the debate around crinolines and corsets in the time of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte and how the constraints of womens' fashions were challenged by the Pre-Raphaelites and the designers of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The course will be led by experienced costumer Margo Singer and will provide participants with information, ideas and skills for developing their own reconstructed costume.

Course dates:

Thursday 27 April, 1.30-3.30pm

Thursday 4 May, 1.30 - 3.30pm

Thursday 11 May, 1.30-3.30pm

Thursday 25 May, 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: £25 for all 4 sessions. £7 for an individual session.

To book please email or phone 0161 273 2215.