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A Piece of Skirt and Bound by Obsession

Saturday, 2nd July 2016, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

A double-bill of talks on women’s costume, including afternoon tea

Come and experience fashion through the decades and enjoy afternoon tea at The Regency Town House on this very special afternoon of talks by historical costume collector Marion May and local corset maker extraordinaire Susan from Bound by Obsession.

Taking us on a journey through the decades, Marion's talk opens with a crinoline dating from 1850 and continues through to the New Look of the 1950s. Along the way we will see examples of afternoon and day dresses from the late 1800s; dresses from the 1900s whose shapes reflected the change in women’s social position of the times; gorgeous gowns from the 1920s and 30s and practical suits from the 1940s.

This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal to museum quality dresses while learning from one of the UK’s top costume collectors.

We will break for afternoon tea in our lovely Dining Room.

The second talk of the afternoon concentrates on foundation garments and what went under those fabulous fashions. Susan, owner of Brighton’s own Bound by Obsession, has specialised in corsetry over the past 10 years and through her extensive knowledge of historical clothing creates new pieces that are wearable for today. Using some of Marion’s collection as examples, Susan will show us the corsets and under garments needed to create the fashionable shapes of the day. And If you’ve ever wondered what’s its like to wear a corset, Susan will give you the chance to try one on!

This afternoon is a unique event for anyone interested in costume and fashion and due to space and the rarity of the costumes we must limit the number of tickets so we encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are £15 + booking fee and available from Eventbrite. 

Exhibition of Historical Costume

Sunday, 3rd July 2016, 11:00am - 5:00pm

If you are unable to join us for the fashion and costume afternoon on Saturday, we have been lucky enough to secure the costumes for a one-day-only exhibition on Sunday.

Brunswick Town Art Fair

Sunday, 17th July 2016, 11:00am - 6:00pm

ART & GRASS - The annual Brunswick Town Art Fair returns to Brunswick Square gardens to deliver its unique summer time mix of art-in-tents surrounded by Regency architecture against a backdrop of sea and sky.

ART & CAKE - To complement the outdoor attractions, we have secured some exciting artists to exhibit indoors at The Regency Town House.  Our ever popular afternoon teas will be served in the Dining Room.

Make a note in your diary and we will publish more information next month.

Brighton & Hove Open Door

Thursday, 8th - Sunday, 11th September 2016

Every year we celebrate architectural and cultural heritage by offering free tours of the Town House and coordinating many other free events.
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