Grizedale

2014

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This dress was inspired by a specific location. Grizedale Hall (found in the Lake District) is little more than a grass covered terrace nowadays. The grounds in front used to be home to a campsite, where Katie Duxbury spent several holidays with her family as a child. Only recently it occurred to her to find out more of the history of the place, and she was surprised to discover that the hall had been built in 1903- less than a century prior to her camping adventures there. It was demolished a relatively short time later in 1957. This seemed a little sad, having always presumed it to have stood for generations, holding centuries of history.  The dress is a kind of mourning gown to a story cut short. The shape is based on fashions of the early 1900s, combined with the look of overgrown mossy stonework.

White Scales

2014

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This is an exploration into the idea of alternative wedding attire. It features a structured bodice and scale covered skirt that is worn as a coat over a simple dress. It features wide a variety of fabrics, including, taffeta, wool, satin, brocade and velvet. The scales are all edged with hand cut bias binding to highlight the layout of the pieces.

The Flapper

2012

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This 1920s and dancewear inspired dress was created using a tangled string curtain found in a home sotre's bargain corner! The curtain was carefully cut into shorter lengths, each on folded in half and sewn on by hand.

@ 2021 Katie Duxbury

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