The weather is deteriorating rapidly.
It’s not very nice outside so I spent the afternoon going through some of my Great Great Aunt Kate’s magazine/newspaper clippings and her own sketches.
Kate was very interested in fashion. I have her “Book of Fashion” that she started aged 15 in 1894.
It is fascinating.
She mentions in her diaries that her little sister, Alys, likes to skirt dance.
This made me smile – “Development of the skirt dancing lady into a horse”.
And the comment at the end. I laughed.
Kate eventually attends The Slade School of Fine Art and studies under Henry Tonks and Philip Wilson Steer and her style becomes much more refined but her early interest in art is very apparent.
These are from when she was 16 years old.
And then there are the folders of magazine clippings and newspaper cuttings. Kate was always shopping wherever she was living. I am currently knee-deep in 1916 and it is the First World War. Kate worked for the Belgian Refugees in Aldwych as Secretary of the Private Relief Fund.
Can anyone date these fashions from La Mode Nationale? I would be most interested to know so I can include a better photo in the relevant diary.
My life seems worlds away from her’s.