Family of Fashion: The Messel Dress Collection, 1865-2005

Overview


This lavishly illustrated catalogue will accompany an exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in 2006.The items on display are drawn from the extensive wardrobe of four generations of Lord Snowdon's family--the Messel-Rosse-Linley-Sambourne-Snowdons. The book uses these examples to trace the evolution of stylish English dress from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s, and is brought up to modern times through items lent by living family members.
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Overview


This lavishly illustrated catalogue will accompany an exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in 2006.The items on display are drawn from the extensive wardrobe of four generations of Lord Snowdon's family--the Messel-Rosse-Linley-Sambourne-Snowdons. The book uses these examples to trace the evolution of stylish English dress from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s, and is brought up to modern times through items lent by living family members.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This fascinating book catalogues a remarkable collection of lovingly preserved clothes… an interesting read… The reflection on both the personal and public lives of the women involved is particularly poignant and revealing.' --Sewing World, April 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856676109
  • Publisher: Wilson, Philip Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author


Amy de la Haye is a curator, dress historian and creative consultant. She has a Senior Research Fellowship at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts). From 1991-1998 she was Curator of 20th Century Dress at the V&A.
Lou Taylor is Professor of Dress and Textile history, University of Brighton, author of The Study of Dress History (2002) and Establishing Dress History (2004), both by Manchester University Press. Eleanor Thompson is Curator of Costume & Textiles at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
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Table of Contents


Foreword: Victoria Messel
• Preface: Pauline Scott Garrett, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
• Illustrations
• Introduction--Amy de la Haye, Lou Taylor & Eleanor Thompson
• The Messel Family Dress Collection: collecting, memory and imprints--Amy de la Haye, Lou Taylor and Eleanor Thompson
• The First and Second Generations: Ludwig and Annie Messel, Mary Anne Herapath, Marion and Linley Sambourne 1870 - 1914
• Family History, Houses and the Evolution of a Dress Collection--Reena Suleman, Eleanor Thompson & Lou Taylor
• The Third Generation: Leonard and Maud Messel 1898-1947.
• Biography and Buying London Fashion: An Analysis of Maud Lifestyle, Fashion Consumption and Surviving Dress--Eleanor Thompson
• 'Wonderfully Picturesque': An Exploration of Maud Messel's Taste for Medieval, Exotic and Romantic Fashionable Styles 1898-1960--Lou Taylor
• The Fourth Generation: Anne Messel 1920-1935. History and Narrative: An Analysis of Anne Messel's Personal Style and Evolving Dress Collection--Amy de la Haye
• The Rosse Family in Ireland: The Heritage of Birr Castle, Demense and Anne, Countess of Rosse's Patronage of Irish Fashion--Elizabeth McCrum & Lou Taylor
• Objects of a Passion: The Dress Worn and Collected by Anne, Countess of Rosse 1935- 1960--Amy de la Haye
• Conclusion: The Fifth and Sixth Generations, 1970-2004: Heritage, Memory, Dispersal and Survival of the Messel Dress Collection--Lou Taylor
• Appendix: A Catalogue of the Messel Dress Collection 1870-2004--Eleanor Thompson
• Bibliography
• Index
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