Fashionable Victorians - shopping for clothes in Victorian Exeter

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Shopping for clothes in Victorian Exeter: Find out how people shopped for clothes in the 19th century with surviving examples made and sold by Exeter dressmakers, milliners and retailers. By the second half of the 19th century many businesses dealing in gentlemen’s, ladies’ and children’s ‘outfitting’, lace, feathers, artificial flowers and accessories were established in and around the High Street. Supporting these and the small tailoring and dressmaking firms around the city were laundries and allied trades specialising in dry-cleaning and dyeing, the cleaning and mending of corsets, and refurbishing of feathers. These were often family firms. Two of them, Green & Son and Mrs J T Tucker & Sons, provided dressmaking and millinery services. Elizabeth Tucker’s family business catered to a fashionable clientele eager to dress in the latest Paris styles. The talk will focus on several examples which are on display in the Making History galleries.

Tickets £6