Having designed the poster for Cabinet of Curiosities at Preston Manor it was great to see the event run with such success. There was much to see within the building, open after dark for those in search of the curious and the scary, full of horrid history (the Victorian kitchen foodstuffs were enough to put you off your dinner)!
I was involved in the ‘dressing up corner’ where visitors were encouraged to dress as Mrs Magniac, whose portrait hung on the wall above. The idea came from the Van Gogh Yourself project where people are recreating a variety of painted artworks (www.vangoghyourself.com). The young woman was wearing a lovely white dress with a flouncy collar and sleeves. She looked calm, with an aristocratic air.
Available to wear was a selection of white skirts and blouses to cover visitors own attire. I had made in addition a lacy collar and a pair of cuffs to help disguise the wearer’s own clothing. These items were made from a patterned net curtain. Easily done, easily worn and removed!
All visitors (men & women) were encouraged to assume the pose (and capture the moment on their mobile phones) and it was fun to see all those who were game enough to do so. This image was my favourite of the night, this woman caught the expression perfectly! I think there is a hint of the pre-Raphaelite about her too.