This week I arrived at college to find a huge wall in the communal area devoted to student feedback. How did they feel about their new venue? What did they like and dislike? Answers, please!
I was gleeful to discover that students in 2012 are as silly and self-indulgent as they were when I went to university, back in the Jurassic era – ahem, the early 1990s.
Student debate over the really important matters is alive and kicking!
As for myself, I arrived for class early and went to exploit the library for my writing. One of my novels is set in 1835 and I want to find out more about the dresses then. Specifically, wedding dresses.
The most helpful from these books was ‘English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century‘ by CW Cunnington. It provides a year-by-year breakdown of fashions. Did you know that in 1835, women were wearing ‘ear-rings of enormous length, imitating fruit and flowers’ or that evening gloves finished below the elbow? No details of wedding dresses in 1835, here, though I have found evidence elsewhere that wedding dresses as we know them were being worn at this time:
Isn’t that lovely? Is that a cupid’s arrow holding her veil in place? What I really need is something that has pictures and words – I really feed off the descriptions. Language is used (often in describing fabric) that I couldn’t begin to approximate in my 21st-century voice – but I can borrow. If anyone out there can recommend references … you know what to do!