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The popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...
The pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Your 18th century gown would probably enjoy a nice trip to Versailles to party like the Sun King.
Making 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.
Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...
A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.
Katy walks us through the undergarments and accessories that helped create the fashionable 18th century look.
Fashion is deeply connected with the socio-cultural world in which it arises. Katy explains some of the driving forces of the 18th c. world.
The bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!
In the final poignant installment, Julia brings Mrs. Gainsborough and her daughter home to the Georgian artist's historic Suffolk base, to show the complete outfits in all their glory.
We are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.
The creation of Mrs Gainsborough's Georgian wardrobe continues, as Julia explains the construction of her linen chemise and accessories.
After a brief diversion last month to Gainsborough’s daughters, we return to Mrs Gainsborough’s own Georgian wardrobe and explore her 18th century underwear.
When researching garments, one often comes across items that force us to think about clothes in a new way. Serena walks us through a mysterious pair of breeches.
Some of Gainsborough’s loveliest paintings are the relaxed, informal and intimate portraits of his two daughters. Julia walks us through the process of dressing them.
Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.
The first part of a series which will dress Mrs Gainsborough, wife of painter Thomas Gainsborough, from the bottom up. Here, Julia introduces us to her subject.
The shift as we know it emerged in western European fashion by c. 1000 CE. Here, Sharon shows us how to make one to suit early-mid 18th century styles.
How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use.
The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.