Sep 14

Day One in London!

by in 2010 Tour, photos, study, V and A

Well, we’re all here and accounted for (though finding folks at Heathrow this morning proved a bit of a challenge!). We went straight to the Victoria & Albert Museum for luncheon, then had a couple of hours free to see exhibits before meeting up for our private study session in the costume storage area. As with the Museum of London last year, we are not allowed to share photos of the objects displayed, but I can tell you we did lots of ooohing and ahhing! We saw a stunning 18th-century court gown, an 1880s day dress, and an ethereal Regency gown with silver thread embroidery. When I have time, I’ll look up the call numbers on the V&A site and post links so you can see, too! At left is a 1780s gown we saw last year (it was one of the inspiration pieces for my Ladies’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern, now in progress).

After finishing at the museum, we boarded our coach for a rainy drive to Wiltshire, enjoying lots of visiting back and forth in the coach as we rode. The sun broke through the clouds in dazzling glory right at the end of our trip, casting that golden English glow over the countryside and lighting up the rain-wet trees and stone walls. It was stunning! Too bad I had packed my camera away by that point. If the weather holds tomorrow, I’ll be sure to get our gorgeous view.

Here are some highlights from today:

Back of a Grace Kelly gown on display at the V&A

Suzi showing Mom a photo of her bonnet for Bath. It's yummy!

Man's banyan coat made of a military toile, if you can imagine such a fabric!

Exquisite Victorian baby gown from the British Gallery at the V&A -- all lace!

My favorite gown in the British Gallery -- lots of amazing whitework on this trained Regency gown.

My girls peeking into a miniature room display, which was really astonishing in its detail.

Things to come... A bunch of us will be seeing the special Grace Kelly clothing exhibit next Monday afternoon!

That’s all for today. Tomorrow we head to Leominster in Herefordshire to see the Snowshill collection at Berrington Hall and enjoy the delights of the Hereford Museum costume collection as well! Cheers!

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5 Responses to “Day One in London!”

  1. From Kerrie:

    SQUEE!!! Oh thank you so much for doing the blog Jennie, maybe some day I’ll be able to join all of you but for now I just love being able to read along each year!!

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm #
  2. From Susan L:

    I loved seeing your post … the V&A was one of the place I absolutely had to go and I would so love to go again. Maybe I’ll get to go with you all another year.

    My V&A POST

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm #
  3. From Muthering Heights:

    I’m so excited that you’re posting photos…thanks for giving us a tour! :)

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm #
  4. From Lindsay:

    Your pictures look great Jennie! Hope you and your girls are having a blast. Can’t wait to hear all about it. :D

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm #
  5. From Kely:

    Oh my – the Grace Kelly exhibit is something right up my alley! Everything looks wonderful! Wish I had been able to make it this time – maybe next time!

    Posted on September 15, 2010 at 5:19 am #

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