Sudley house has a special exhibition: Costume Drama – Fashion from 1790 to 1850. Costume Drama tour it’s a part of the special exhibition and we had the pleasure to listen to Pauline Rushton talk about the dresses.
This white dress had a nice story. It’s from 1820, but it came with a letter and the owner was a daughter of a captain from slave trade. He wrote that letter to his wife, telling her nice things about her, their kids, his mother in law. The letter had a PS where he said half of the slaves were brought on board, which was very cold comparing to the tone of the letter.
The dresses were made from cotton and most of them were donations. The curator explained so nicely the big differences between dresses and it was amazing to see how the fashion evolved so much in just a few years. The evolution was due to technological progress and trends.