Elizabeth Gaskell’s letters demonstrate a keen interest in fashion, but also practicality. Her novels and stories, meanwhile, make use of clothing as a device that reveals much more about a character than mere appearance. In this illustrated guide, Margo Singer describes the fashions of the time, exploring Gaskell’s attitude to clothes and Manchester’s role at heart of this rapidly-expanding industry.
Margo Singer has a B.Ed in Art and Textiles from Warwick University and an M.Ed from the University of Manchester. She went on to teach art and textiles and is the author of Textile Arts: Multicultural Traditions (with Mary Spyrou) and Textile Surface Decoration, both published by A.C. Black (now Bloomsbury). Margo ran the Sewing Bee at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House until 2020 and gives regular talks on the history of textiles and dress.
A5, perfect bound, 56pp plus covers.
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