27 March 2017 “Enter the World of Jane Austen” – Witham Group of W. I’s
We will present our talk “Enter the World of Jane Austen” – Regency Costume Talk with Display for Witham Group of W. I’s 27th March 2017 at Washing-borough near Lincoln. A very interesting, lively, humorous and informative lecture about the design and construction of gowns I have created inspired by the Regency period. Beautifully costumed mannequins/dummies will accompany the talk. I will include several costumes and some underwear inspired by the period as well as a morning dress, afternoon dress and evening gowns.
2 May 2017 Regency Talk – Rothbury WI
We are looking forward to presenting our Jane Austen talk for Rothbury WI. Our venue is the Rothbury Golf Club located across the river from the centre of picturesque Rothbury in Northumberland. We will present the talk in a large airy room with a superb backdrop of the rolling hills of Northumberland. My costume display will include superb reproduction Regency underwear based on extant of the period – a chemise, corset and pantalettes – I will illustrate how important it is to wear the correct foundation garments as the true period shape would be impossible to achieve without them.
5 July 2017 South Shields – U3A
On 5 July, we will present our Regency Talk – Enter the World of Jane Austen’ for the U3A – The University of the Third Age. We had had a number of bookings for the U3A and always enjoy presenting events for them. We will present our talk in a large spacious hall in the centre of South Shields. The U3A is an organisation was established in South Tyneside in 2001 – it’s motto is ‘Friendship, Fun and Learning’. South Tyneside U3A offers many opportunities to explore new interests, expand old ones and learn something different. They believe in learning for fun rather than qualifications or exam results. We are also looking forward to presenting our new talk about Marie Antoinette for the U3A later this year.
2 October 2017 Marie Antoinette – Bede of Jarrow U3A
I am presenting a costume event for the University of the Third Age in Jarrow. This is the third lecture I have presented for the U3A and the very first presentation of my lavish new talk about the 18th century called ‘Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution’. An integral part of my new talk is a comparison between the large elaborate court gown worn by Marie Antoinette for formal court occasions and the more casual Chemise a la Reine which she preferred. I will also include a superb costume display of mannequins wearing a La Robe Francaise, La Reine Chemise and reproduction 18th Century underwear.
12 October 2017 Regency Talk – The Mansion House
I am pleased to be presenting my talk ‘Enter the World of Jane Austen’ for the Mansion House in Doncaster. My Regency talk is a very interesting, lively, humorous and informative lecture about the design and construction of gowns I have created inspired by the regency period. Beautifully costumed mannequins/dummies will accompany the talk. Included are a very pretty white cotton afternoon dress for Jane Austen worn with bonnet, chemisette and velvet spencer,a sumptuous lilac silk ball gown embellished with gold lace – worn with a turban, fan and gloves and Regency Underwear – chemise, corset and pantalettes plus accessories. Also included is a very pretty morning dress and an exquisite gold-encrusted court gown inspired by Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. I also will be assisted by a Regency Gentleman wearing a silk waistcoat, shirt and cravat.
Saturday 9 December 2017 – Marie Antoinette – Tee-side WI
This will be my second presentation of my fabulous event about Marie Antoinette. I will include a Pink Silk Court Gown worn with fabulous wig adorned with towering feathers, a very pretty romantic white cotton dress worn with Hedgehog wig and Bergere (shepherdess style) hat and 18th Century inspired underwear. The underwear includes a corset, a chemise and two types of panniers – the pocket hoops and the Grand pannier which held out the very wide skirts!
8/9 February 2018 Tudor Talk – Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust
On 8 and 9 February I will be presenting my ‘Tudor Talk with Costume Display’ at Shakespeare’s House in Stratford. I am really excited to be presenting my lecture in such a prestigious location. Stratford upon Avon is a lovely picturesque town famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. My Tudor Costume Lecture with Display is a very interesting, lively, humorous and informative talk about the design/construction and inspiration for my costumes as well as a brief history of the people who wore them. Integral to the event is a display of beautiful costumes. Included is a costume for King Henry VIII, Tudor underwear, gowns for Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn plus a reproduction of the Mary Queen of Scots Execution outfit.
10 March 2018 Marie Antoinette – East Yorkshire Embroidery Society
On Saturday 10 March, I will be presenting my new talk about Marie Antoinette and her costumes for the East Yorkshire Embroidery Society. I will be including a fabulous costume display and also some very interesting information about Marie Antoinette herself. I have already presented both my Tudor and Regency talks for the group and I am sure they will enjoy this new talk. They are a lovely group who are very interested and informed about costume. I am really looking forward to presenting it.
13 March 2018 Marie Antoinette – Royal Scots Club Edinburgh
I always enjoy presenting my talks for the Royal Scots Club. They really enjoyed my Regency Talk a couple of years ago and I am sure they will enjoy my new talk inspired by clothing worn in the 18th Century. The Royal Scots Club is located in a beautiful building in the heart of Edinburgh.
My new talk ‘Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution’ includes reproduction 18th Century costumes – they will include a very elaborate Pink Silk court dress ‘Robe a La Francaise’ worn with large ornate pompadour wig and accessories. A “Chemise a la Reine” a simple gown worn by Marie Antoinette herself – worn with a Bergere hat and powdered curled hair. Also 18th Century Underwear – a beautiful silk boned corset, side panniers and petticoat.
5 April 2018 Marie Antoinette – Dumfries Embroiderers’ Guild
I always enjoy vising Scotland as it is one of my favourite places so I am particularly pleased to be presenting my new talk about Marie Antoinette and Fashion there on Thursday 5 April 2018. I really enjoy presenting talks to Embroiderers Guilds as the ladies really enjoy anything connected to fashion and sewing. I will be including a number of costumes I have designed and made which were inspired by costumes of the 18th century. I am looking forward to it!