At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

Artistic Costume

Artistic Costume

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The photograph is of Georgina Gaskin, wife of Arthur Gaskin, taken in about 1900-13. They were both jewellery designers.

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The photograph is of Georgina Gaskin, wife of Arthur Gaskin, taken in about 1900-13. They were both jewellery designers.. Although this is a posed photograph it does give an indication of Georgie Gaskin's taste in clothes, which was far from conventional. This style of dress was described as aesthetic dress. Compare the style of costume with other contemporary photographs were women would be encased in corsets, tight sleeves and heavy petticoats.

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The sleeves have been made from William Morris's Lea fabric and the sympathetically designed necklace is one of Georgie's own designs. There are other pieces of her jewellery in the Cheltenham collection often designed in collaboration with her husband.

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Specific fabrics were chosen for artistic clothing. They were much softer and lighter than the fashionable taffetas and moir silks. Unbleached Holland, which is a coarse linen, fine cottons such as cambric, poplin and muslin, velveteens and lightweight silks, including tussore made from the cocoons of wild silkworms, were particularly popular.

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The inspiration for the aesthetic dress was often drawn from the medieval period as can be seen in this picture with the loose sleeves, gathered neckline and loose body to the gown.

Emery Walker AD 1