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The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: From Worm to Wardrobe: Wearing Spitalfields Silk
  • Category
    Talks
  • Date(s)
    09 April 2013
  • Time
    7:00 PM
  • Price
    £7*
  • Concs.
    £5*
The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: From Worm to Wardrobe: Wearing Spitalfields Silk
Spitalfields Silk © Museum of London
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The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. Fleeing religious persecution during the 17th century, the Huguenots fled France relocating to Protestant nations across the world. The large community that settled in Spitalfields left an indelible mark on the area with a major weaving industry producing some of the finest work of the times.

To celebrate their talents and contribution, we present a series of events as part of The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival. Events take place at various venues from 8 - 21 April 2013.

How much silk would you need for sack back or a mantua, two of the fashionable dress shapes of the 18th century? Who chooses the silk pattern? How long does it take to weave enough fabric? Who assembles the gown? How much would the prospective wearer be expected to pay? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this talk which will chart the stages from silk filament to fashionable garment.

Beatrice Behlen is Senior Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London. She previously worked as a curator at the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace, taught fashion and design students at several art colleges and worked at the Annely Juda Fine Art gallery.

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