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quilted things in Williamsburg
Forgive me if you have already heard but I must share... There are actually frocks on display in the Colonial Williamsburg museum!

From the DeWitt Wallace website:
Quilted Fashions
This exhibition explores the use of quilting to decorate bed coverings, clothing, and accessories of the 17th and 18th centuries. See detailed drawings of elaborate quilting patterns that often are obscured by the technique's subtlety. Stomachers and petticoats worn with costly gowns, men’s elaborate waistcoats, and counterpanes on the finest beds all are featured. October 18, 2008 through February 2010.

Best news? The exhibition will be there during Costume Con. (I've heard pics are a no but sketch books are okay I assume)

Does anyone know if there is a book?
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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 19th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes! I haven't seen the exhibit but I when I was down in Williamsburg for Burnley and Trowbridge's workshop I met with Linda Baumgarten and she said that the Marseilles cloth (woven quilted) clothing CW had in it's collection would be on display as well as real quilted clothing. I don't know how extensive the clothing part of the show is and when I talked to her early last year they had no plans for an exhibit catalog.
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: January 19th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (link)
When Linda showed me some of the quilts they have in the store, she said she was writing about them. That the year when we went to Williamsburg together? I have no idea when it will be published, or even if.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 20th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC) (link)
I remembered you mentioning something like that...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 20th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC) (link)
From Stephanie's description (she saw it last week) it's not a huge amount, only a fraction of the LOC exhibit. Still it's extant clothing. On display. In Virginia. :P
marcine From: marcine Date: January 19th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Nope, there isn't an exhibit catalog. CW rarely produces exhibit catalogs...most exhibits, particularly textiles, are up so little time, it's hard to justify the expense of a catalog. Linda had worked many years on the Language of Clothing book before the exhibit, and that exhibit had to stay up longer than usual to cover the expenses of mounting it. Linda does hope to one day produce a book on quilts and quilted cloths, with drawings of the quilting patterns. Who knows when that day will be, though. There's no pub date set, so it's one of those "one day" projects we all have.
There are lots of pretty petticoats, some turned inside out so you can see the backside, and I think one with it's original waistband. There are a couple of men's waistcoats, a few stomachers, some pillow covers, and counterpains. There are a few non-quilted things, too, like a brown print gown over a quilted petticoat. Not as big as the Language of Clothing exhibit, but still packed with goodies.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 20th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (link)
Well that officially sucks. Understandable though. Hopefully I won’t be old and gray when the book is published. I'm excited to see the exhibit though, like you said goodies! Heck I might even get inspired to finish my own half-finished quilted petticoat! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: January 19th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Whoo Hoo! I'll be there in April. I'll make a note of this.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC) (link)
Be sure to let me know when you are here. April will be insane for me but I'd love to have tea or something...
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: January 20th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC) (link)
We're flying into Richmond on the 15th, and our timeshare in Williamsburg starts on the 17th & we check out on the 24th, returning to Richmond to fly out on the 27th. This will be our first time in Richmond.
I would love to have tea with you. marcine has been asking me to do the same, in costume, so we HAVE to do this! That's why I'm working on my costume right now. :D
She said she would also give us a personal tour. Hubby is ok with the touring, maybe walking 50 ft behind us if we're in costume *giggle* but probably will go golfing instead of tea. Can't imagine why he doesn't like the girlie stuff. I just tried to wheedle him again, and got a "nope".
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 19th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC) (link)
A whole exhibit? On quilted 17-18th c. stuff? *drool*
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC) (link)
I KNOW! *squeel*
tartan_traveler From: tartan_traveler Date: January 21st, 2009 03:02 am (UTC) (link)
I wore my Marsailles petticoat when I went to see it! :)

It is an awesome exhibit, even if it's not that big. My favorite part is the wall of petticoats and the light switches you can flip on. I'll bet they had to clean the noseprints off the glass after every time I visit. (It's also right next to the exhibit of regimental colors, which I thought was pretty neat too...)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds so neat!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 21st, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (link)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (link)
I KNOW! So does this mean we should go to Williamsburg the Friday before Poe? :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 22nd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (link)
Hmmmmmm... Im thinking that might be a great plan!

Which reminds me I have an email to write to you. On that!
jennil From: jennil Date: January 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) (link)
Awesome! I want to go!

And regarding pictures - it might be worth a call. Last time I went, they said "pictures okay but no tripods" and we called ahead and got an okay to use one anyway. I suppose pictures vs. none is a little different, but it's worth a shot, no?

Also, can I please have the hat from your icon? *needs!* ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC) (link)
S said when she went she saw a sign that said no pics. It could be like the LOC exhibit though that the costumes are okay, the rest of the museum was not. I've seen quite a few pics floating around on the internet (more than I'd expect if they totally weren't allowed) so I'll definitely ask when I go.

Re: hat - me too!! :P
justawench From: justawench Date: January 21st, 2009 05:54 am (UTC) (link)
Hopefully I'm not getting her in trouble, but I found this:
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 21st, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh thanks!
colev From: colev Date: January 21st, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC) (link)
It has a number of petticoats, jackets, fancy bed quilts, stomachers, waistcoats, and a few other pieces on the mannequins. A big tip is to go Wednesday afternoon. There are a few dozen drawers below the petticoats on both sides and they get unlocked. One side is more quilted petticoats while the other has an assortment from Collections (many from Linda's books). If you get to see that, make sure you check out the coat in the 2nd up right drawer on the far side. Pictures are allowed, but I didn't use flash (I'm assuming that's not). The exhibit next to it is a no pictures area (the flags). I'd also recommend the Folk Art exhibit and their newest is about outdoor articles like signs, carousels, figureheads, etc.
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