With Hilary Davidson

What did Jane Austen wear? The only known garment associated with the beloved author is a brown silk pelisse-coat in the collection of Hampshire Council. Like a detective story, a project to recreate the pelisse allowed a rich investigation into the history, context and physical qualities of the coat, and revealed new information about the object – and the wearer.

HILARY DAVIDSON is a dress and textile historian, formerly curator of fashion and decorative art at the Museum of London. She has researched Austen-age fashion for a decade and is currently completing a major book on dress in the British Regency world for Yale (2018).


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Friday 30 Jun 2017


Fairfax House

£14.00 (£12.00 Friends and members) includes post-lecture wine reception

Friends of Fairfax House