This group brings together objects examined by Janet Arnold for several of her 'Patterns of Fashion' books. Patterns of eight dresses spanning the period from around 1860 to the late 1920s appeared in 'Patterns of Fashion 1' first published in 1972. 'Patterns of Fashion 3' from 1985 contained a leather jerkin from the sixteenth century. The posthumously published 'Patterns of Fashion 4' includes one shirt and two smocks from the late sixteenth, early seventeenth century. Many of the objects are now quite fragile and should not be handled anymore unless absolutely necessary.


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