Faithful recreation of 1714 dress goes on display at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Fri, 08 Apr 2022

Sewerby Hall and Gardens have unveiled a new addition to their unique collection of period fashion on display in the house - an accurate recreation of  a 1714 dress, made by a student from the University of Huddersfield.

Callum Young, a costume and textiles student, took 176 hours to make the faithful recreation in silk, and made it all by hand only.

The project was funded by grants from the Humber Museums Partnership and Arts Council England.

Sewerby Hall has a proud tradition of working with students on placements, and on this occasion, Callum contacted education officer Robert Chester to arrange a placement.

Robert Chester explains : "I was delighted to be approached by Callum, and we were excited to work on the creation of a dress from 1714, the period when Sewerby Hall was first built. This project was part of our plan to place dresses in particular rooms of the house which are appropriate to the period depicted in the room.

"We are fortunate to receive funding for working with young people and for digital work as well, and this project combines both, because the creation of the dress has been filmed by other students from East Riding College, and can be viewed at the Hall from the Easter holidays until the opening of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in May when it will transfer to the Sewerby Hall You Tube channel."

The dress will be on permanent display in the parlour.

Robert Chester continued : "This is a quite stunning dress, and is very different to many other dresses we have on display here, which are based on Edwardian originals. It is quite remarkable how the dress comes to life in the film when you see it being worn by the model, Libby, including the essential underwear and stays.

"The early 1700s was a transitional period for dresses; prior to that, they had been very flamboyant, but had returned to being rather more simple in the early eighteenth century."

As Robert Chester explains : "When we work with students here on placements, we get them to produce historically accurate garments which we then put on display. I would love to have more made in the future including one from the 1930s showing the fashion at the time when the house came into council ownership."

Callum's work to create the 1714 dress can be seen on permanent display at Sewerby Hall from the Easter holidays

For full details of Sewerby Hall and Gardens opening hours, and prices for admission and passes, visit www.sewerbyhall.co.uk

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