The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes

Join fashion historian Kate Strasdin for a look at the fascinating secrets of Victorian life as told through the clothing of one woman’s collection.

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  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • For Members

    and general public; general booking now open

  • Tickets cost £15.00 - £18.00

    Includes wine reception.

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The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes photo

In 1838, a young woman began compiling a unique textile scrapbook, collecting snippets of fabric from a range of garments, some her own, some from family and friends. Nearly 200 years later, the diary fell into the hands of fashion historian Kate Strasdin, who then spent six years unravelling the secrets contained within.

Join her for an exploration of her remarkable findings, told in her new book, The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes. Piece by piece she charts Anne’s journey from the mills of Lancashire to the port of Singapore, telling the stories from family and friends to industry and Empire, through the most intimate of mediums: the clothing we choose to wear.

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