Dressing the Room
How to dress the women?
Looking for knowledge and inspiration in old items such as iron-on transfers and Janet Arnold’s wonderful books (I recommend these books to anyone who loves history and costume – they are to drool over). In the end went for ready printed fabrics to which may or may not be added stitch-work, braid and or beads.
These ladies are going to be more than a little overdressed – possibly participating in a little one-up-man-ship. My excuse is that art evidence of costume tends to be mostly of the well-to-do as does any surviving costume. Quite a few of the very informative images in the Arnold books are from burial clothes – bound to have been interred in their best wear.
All errors in costume are mine and come from the vagaries of a limited appreciation of what has been read or viewed, mixed with the bad habit of adapting and adopting at every turn 😉
The first of the ladies