Spring Display

From Boots to Bustles

Contributed by Sue Burgess

Our new main Spring display is “From Boots to Bustles”. This is a celebration of some remarkable costume pieces that had been put away in local people’s cupboards and attics either for sentimental family reasons or because it was felt they were just too special to be disposed of.

The centre piece of the display is a stunning blue watered silk jacket and bustle skirt dating from the 1870s which Cuckfield’s vicar, Revd Michael Maine, rescued from being thrown away many years ago after it was used in a cathedral operatic production.  Other pieces he saved include an early Victorian lace parasol, a very pretty early 19thC sprigged muslin dress and an elaborate Edwardian beaded lace-trimmed jacket.  We also show some beautiful late 18th/early 19thC sunshine yellow embroidered silk dress material which was found rolled around a walking cane in the attic of a house in Tyler’s Green.

A home-made 1930s crushed velvet wedding dress shows off the bride’s tiny waist and a little wisp of a peach chiffon 1920s day dress illustrates the dramatic change in women’s fashion in the early years of the 20th century.




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