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Couture in the Country - with Caroline Ness

Friday 8 July  2:30 - 4:00pm

Our Lady of Lourdes

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Edwardian glamour to the swinging sixties via the fashionable wardrobes of the ladies of Chilton Lodge

This talk by Caroline Ness will explore the lives of American Heiress Lady Jean Templeton Ward and her daughter-in-law Susan Ward, both former chatelaines of Chilton Lodge near Hungerford, through their couture wardrobes. Images from the extensive Ward donation of British and French couture clothing at the Fashion Museum Bath, will be accompanied by rarely seen photographs from the Ward family’s private archive.

Caroline Ness lives in Hungerford and completed her doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2014. Her thesis focussed on London couturier Jo Mattli (active 1929-1980). Since graduating Caroline has worked with the curatorial team at the Fashion Museum, Bath and currently works as an independent scholar, researcher and consultant in the history of dress and textiles. Publications include a chapter in the V&A book London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (2015); and journal articles in Costume (2011) and History of Retailing and Consumption (2021). Post-doctoral research interests include the identification and extent of the use of synthetic fibres used in the production of mid-twentieth century couture fabrics.

Credit: Images courtesy of the Fashion Museum, Bath