spitalfields

Robe à la française in cream Spitalfields silk in tabby weave, woven with silver strip, England, 1760-1765. For official occasions, English women wore the “robe à la française”, called a “sack” in England. This beautiful gown is said to have been a wedding dress. 
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Collection Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. ©Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: Stephan Klonk

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By the 1730s the open robe was beginning to replace the mantua as formal day wear. The beautifully patterned Spitalfields silk indicates a degree of luxury. The accompanying quilted petticoat suggests that the ensemble was probably worn for afternoon tea parties rather than in the evening at the opera or theatre. The pattern of the silk, with pear-shaped fruits and exotic flowers, is typical of the 1730s. The gown itself was altered in the 1740s and probably again in the 1780s.

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My first solo exhibition is happening in East London next month, contact me if you’d like to come. The venue was constructed in 1725 so we have to be careful with it… plus Fitzroy and Earl, the cats, like to know whose busy hands will be wandering over them each night.

Silkscreen prints and Giclée prints of new work/images from Pound Shop 1.

See you there,

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I give you the last remaining vestiges of 1880’s London, when Jack the Ripper roamed the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields.  You’ll see Christ Church, in front of which prostitutes would pick up their Johns, and The Ten Bells Pub, the last place Annie Chapman was seen before she was murdered and where another Ripper victim, Mary Kelly would pick up her Johns.  All the buildings in this post were around then, but now they boast fresh paint, grade 2 preservation listings and £2 mil price tags.  Such is the price of history.