Last November I had to go to Paris to do some research and business stuff – and as usual I decided to combine the business stuff with a bit of pleasure. It was Lucas’s big birthday, and so a … Continue reading
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Munich Conference 2018
In September Julia from Sew Curvy ( the organiser of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry) and I, together with our husbands, flew to Munich for a few days. The lads were indulging in photography, sightseeing and beer ( not necessarily in that order) and we were busy attempting the conference organised by the folks behind The Patterns of Fashion – The School of Historical Dress.
The conference was held in the Bayeriche Museum and attracted A LOT of attendees – crowds aplenty! It was amazing to meet up with people you only knew from the Instagram or Facebook 🙂
The programme was varied and interesting, with seveal fascinating lectures, and the museum itself was a gem too.
a few favourites below…
The biggest discovery was this – a girl’s jacket and skirt in heavyily slubbed silk…
The dress display was next door to weapons and hunting exhibition, also some fascinating objects!
and the only way to get the best angles….
The hosts of the conference ran the show nicely, the food was good ( that soup with sausages was amazing!) and locals friendly…
The only irritating thing – the organisers asked us not to take any footage of the lectures – especially the slides…. and yet a few folks were doing this…. almost all the time :-(((
In the evenings we made a point of sampling the local cuisine, and for three days we were full of potatoes, sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels…. and cake….
And since the hotel we stayed in had an excellent sellection of gin, late evenings were spent sipping new mixtures and playing Cards Against Humanity…
On the last day we were supposed to go on an excursion to a museum of corsets nearby – but the realisatin that the nearby means 3 hours on the coach, each way, we simply couldn’t handle it – too peopled out! And a combination of bad sleep ( Munich centre is very noisy) and having spent 2 days surrounded by people meant the prospect of a busy day like that just too much for my introverted soul. We managed to swap the flights for a day early and had a relaxing morning wondering around the town, its fabrics shops and cafes instead 🙂
This was my first conference of this kind and although I have enjoyed it, I discovered it was far from my natural habitat – I was exhaused afterwards! Still, glad to have made the trip and to have met with the folks there 🙂
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Corsets- a shopper’s guide
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1880 walking suit in bluebells
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Romantic Ball, Kasteel d’Ursel, November 2016
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Victorian seaside adventure!
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The Buttercup Ball and the 1895 evening gown
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1893 Braided Jacket
It is finished at last!!!! I have loved this plate from ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ for years, and planned to make the jacket almost 2 years ago – now am happy to say that it is complete (well, almost…) I got the … Continue reading