This year marks the 200 anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens considered to be the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era. A great deal has been written about him and finding references about him on the internet is no problem – try Wikipedia.
His novel – Great Expectations has been a favourite of mine for some time and inspired some of my early creations. I’ve not really left it behind as an influence and in celebration of his 200th anniversary I’m revisiting it to put together a small collection of dresses that I imagine as Miss Havisham’s wedding trousseau.
Small 8 inches(20cm) long, 10 inches (26cm) wide, paper fabric art dress assemblage.
A small three dimensional dress, part of the trousseau of Miss Havisham – the matriarch from the classic Dickens novel Great Expectations. Celebrating the bi-centenial of the birth of the famous author, the dress reflects the innocence of Miss Havisham before being jilted at the altar. Though the dress suffers the ravages of time its style remains youthful.
The bodice is sculpted from old book papers. The material of the skirt is a very pale lilac silk and linen mix, which has been ruched and stitched together to form the dome of the skirt. The edging of the skirt is a soft fraying muslin. The skirt is decorated with tiny sewn on beads.
To find out more about the author – Charles Dickens and the novel, try these Wikipedia pages – the author or the novel. If you would like to read the novel, it is available free and in several different formats, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg. If you’ve lost your copy of the novel and would like to buy it again, then you can always try Amazon – Great Expectations (Wordsworth Classics)