Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Charlotte Eagar Sewing for £50 a Week & That £240,000 Dress

In our post on 12 March 2013 we showed images of dresses belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales which were to be auctioned by Kerry Taylor. This dress, designed by Victor Edelstein and worn by Diana when she danced with John Travolta realized a sensational £240,000 figure. For me the story of the making of the dress which I read in the Weekend Financial Times today is more valuable by far. In 1985 Charlotte Eagar worked as an apprentice to Edelstein in his atelier in South Kensington, London. It was a large airy room in which 20 women stitched. As a mere junior, Charlotte was not allowed near a sewing machine, instead she spent hours hand stitching the red velvet swirls on the buckram bodice. The dress would have cost around £3,500. To read Charlotte's article in full click here.

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