Oh, Mr. Darcy…

4 July 2011 by Alison Cornmell

There’s less than week to go before Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790 to 1850 opens at Sudley House on Friday 8 July.

The exhibition displays male and female clothing and accessories that viewers of adaptations such as Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen and Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell may find familiar.

I had the pleasure of seeing the costumes last week before they were taken to Sudley House for the exhibition. They all looked beautiful, but my particular favourite was a yellow silk brocade evening dress, from the early 1840s.

However there are many more beautiful garments, including a man’s Court suit from the 1790s or early 1800s and a woman’s gold and white figured silk evening dress with a train, dating from 1815-20. With such a beautiful collection going on display I’m sure every visitor will have their own favourite.

A lady stands in between two mannequins

Exhibition curator Pauline Rushton stands with two dresses from the exhibition.


  1. Liz Smith says:

    Wow – looks amazing! Wish I could come back to Liverpool to see this exhibition.

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