Talk: The Silk Dress & Elizabeth Gaskell’s Writing
The silk dress was a Nineteenth-century symbol of respectability, luxury and seduction.
Join Margo Singer as she showcases some authentic Victorian silk dresses and accessories, and discusses the dress’s appearances in novels including Cranford, North and South and Ruth – as well as in Elizabeth Gaskell’s own letters.
See some real Victorian silk dresses, find out why many Victorian women aspired to own one, and learn about its importance as a motif in Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing.
Free with usual house entry (£5 / £4)
1pm - 1.45pm