Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker

Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker This is the page for Meridith Towne, a Dress Historian and Costume Maker. Through ths page you can directly receive the latest updates, event listings, and offers from meridithtowne.co.uk

I specialise in the construction of historical costume for the heritage industry, with emphasis on quality and accuracy. I welcome personal commissions for costume, vintage inspired outfits and unique bridal wear. In addition, I have a unique range of lively and informative talks centred on my own research and collection of original antique and vintage garments. Based near York, I am happy to travel to and present at any venue and tailor to your event needs.

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Super excited today to be able to publish the events diary for 2022! Lots more dates coming in so keep an eye out. I loo...
18/10/2021

Super excited today to be able to publish the events diary for 2022! Lots more dates coming in so keep an eye out. I look forward to seeing you at a venue near you. https://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/events-diary/?wpv_view_count=152-TCPID18&wpv_paged=3

Super excited today to be able to publish the events diary for 2022! Lots more dates coming in so keep an eye out. I look forward to seeing you at a venue near you. https://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/events-diary/?wpv_view_count=152-TCPID18&wpv_paged=3

Photos from Fashion and Textile Museum's post
26/09/2021

Photos from Fashion and Textile Museum's post

Fluffy slippers and comfy pjs may be your idea of workwear now but it wasn't always the case! Join me for a look at powe...
26/01/2021

Fluffy slippers and comfy pjs may be your idea of workwear now but it wasn't always the case! Join me for a look at powerdressing through history and on todays world stage - from the comfort of your sofa and fluffy slippers!

Get tickets on the link here and use the word 'Guest' as your club member name.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-with-fiwal-women-in-power-the-art-of-power-dressing-tickets-137769011823

Fluffy slippers and comfy pjs may be your idea of workwear now but it wasn't always the case! Join me for a look at powerdressing through history and on todays world stage - from the comfort of your sofa and fluffy slippers!

Get tickets on the link here and use the word 'Guest' as your club member name.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/home-with-fiwal-women-in-power-the-art-of-power-dressing-tickets-137769011823

Here is Part 2 of my Mary Quant series with V&A Dundee. Making these replicas certainly brightened up lockdown!
21/10/2020

Here is Part 2 of my Mary Quant series with V&A Dundee. Making these replicas certainly brightened up lockdown!

"It’s rare to see a ‘true’ replica due to the restrictions in trying to make something from the past in a modern context."

Costume maker Meridith Towne explores how she reproduced vintage 1960s Quant designs for us in 2020 🪡🧵

Read: vam.ac.uk/dundee/articles/reproducing-quant-process/

I started 2020 with the most fantastic project for V&A Dundee, fast forward through a pandemic and they are finally on d...
19/10/2020
V&A Dundee

I started 2020 with the most fantastic project for V&A Dundee, fast forward through a pandemic and they are finally on display! Read the article below to find out more about the project.

Costume maker Meridith Towne made stunning replica Quant pieces to support our Learning programme.

Since COVID 19 means they can't be handled, Meridith explores her work online instead. In the first of our three-part series, find out how Quant’s legacy informed her work.

Read: vam.ac.uk/dundee/articles/reproducing-quant-legacy

The first one went so well I am back with another virtual talk on Monday hosted by The Word South Tyneside Libraries. Si...
15/10/2020
The Word

The first one went so well I am back with another virtual talk on Monday hosted by The Word South Tyneside Libraries. Sign up now for free and I will see you there (well I won't but you will see me!)

🥿👛👗Do you love costume history?👗👛🥿

If so we have the perfect event for you! Join us next week as we Zoom with Costume Historian and Dressmaker, Meridith Towne, where she will show some of her favourite items in her collection.

From Edwardian evening bags and Victorian hats, to Twenties lingerie and Sixties dresses, this is your chance to see and hear about them all in more detail. Meridith will explain why they caught her eye, what prompts a purchase, who they belonged too and when she will wear them.

There’ll also be the opportunity to ask questions in the live chat format.

➡️This FREE event will take place next Monday (19 October) from 6-7.30pm. Booking in advance is essential.

Book today: https://theworduk.org/whats-on/my-favourite-things-collection-highlights-with-meridith-towne/

#WRITEfestival #CostumeHistory

04/06/2020

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 talks will be undergoing a slight change to ensure I can bring you the presentations you enjoy safely and with the same lively good humour (though no 'glamourous assistant'!). Here are just a couple of the options available, please contact me to discuss how to make them work best for you.

Virtual Talks: a select number of my current talks will be made available via internet platforms allowing groups to join a meeting from the comfort of their own homes. In addition, a new talk entitled ‘Meet the Maker: life as a historical costumier’ will be offered. An interactive talk in a virtual setting with a 20min introduction and then questions from the audience. You can ask anything about the job I do making historical costumes for museums through to all aspects of dress and womens social history. Groups members can send in their questions beforehand so I can prepare examples and display items to show on screen. Warning: I once did this when a group’s speaker failed to show and I jumped at the last minute and the talk lasted nearly two hours!

Socially Distanced Talks: A limited number of talks will be offered as live shows with social distancing (subject to government guidelines, check for updates) . Venues will be set up with spread out seating (this may mean a reduction in numbers attending). After the talk the display would be spread out to different parts of the room, or additional rooms, to limit crowding and a no handling policy will be in place. Additonally audiences will be split into groups, with one group viewing the display whilst the other gets refreshments or stays seated, before swapping over. There is also an option to do the talk in two mini sittings, cutting the talk down to 30mins for each so not as many people are sat in the same space.

You can imagine how keen I am to get back to work doing events. I miss my audiences so much and it will be a delight to interact with them in any way I can. Hopefully one of my suggestions will work well for your group and I am happy to keep the conversation open and work with your requirements.

A lovely boost during lockdown, the image for my new talk 'Hand-Me-Downs' is ready to show you! Huge thanks to @JackEmmo...
25/05/2020

A lovely boost during lockdown, the image for my new talk 'Hand-Me-Downs' is ready to show you! Huge thanks to @JackEmmons for his wonderful work. Interested in the new talk....more details coming soon!

13/09/2019
North Tyneside Libraries and Community Centres

Got a bee in your bonnet? Keeping too much under your hat? Well, hat’s off and throw your hat in the ring, it’s time to put your thinking caps on!

A whirlwind trip through the enchanting history of the hat, discovering how such a frippery led to unique changes in the lives and dress of 19th and 20th century women, from laws to protect men’s safety, self defence classes for women, the declining morals of ladies and international protests!

Join me for this great talk at the White Swan Centre on Tues 24th Sept at 7pm!

100 Years of Hats with Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker

Just 2 weeks to go, have you got your tickets yet?

White Swan Customer First Centre
Tuesday 24th September 7pm
Tickets £8, booking essential.
For tickets call (0191) 643 2040 or contact
any North Tyneside Library

With a little help from my very talented website designer my website has had a facelift to make it even better than it w...
13/09/2019

With a little help from my very talented website designer my website has had a facelift to make it even better than it was already! The diary has all the details of upcoming events, my portfolio is crammed with just some of the interesting projects I have been involved with in the last few years and all the new talks are listed on the talks page - you'll be spoilt for choice! see if here at https://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/

North Tyneside Libraries and Community Centres
05/08/2019

North Tyneside Libraries and Community Centres

Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker is coming back to White Swan Centre, Killingworth with her fantastic talk '100 Years of Hats'.
A whirlwind trip through the enchanting history of the hat, discovering how such a frippery led to unique changes in the lives and dress of 19th and 20th century women, from laws to protect men’s safety, self defence classes for women, the declining morals of ladies and international protests!
Tuesday 24th September, 7.00pm
Tickets £8.00, booking essential
To book call (0191)6432040 or call into any North Tyneside Library.

Some lovely pictures of the printed cotton Regency dress I made for Belford Museum in Northumberland. I was asked to cre...
30/01/2019

Some lovely pictures of the printed cotton Regency dress I made for Belford Museum in Northumberland. I was asked to create a dress suitable for 20-year-old Eleanor who wrote a diary in 1804/5 whilst living in Belford with her widowed gentleman father and family.

A fantastic place to visit with a brand new exhibition installed by the very hard working volunteers.
http://belfordmuseumuk.btck.co.uk/

Last customer of the year in for their fitting. Very well behaved - for a change!
14/12/2018

Last customer of the year in for their fitting. Very well behaved - for a change!

Taking a bit of time away from real work to make a festive wreath for my brand new studio!
28/11/2018

Taking a bit of time away from real work to make a festive wreath for my brand new studio!

When you pop into Dunelm Mill for a single reel of thread and come out with a bag full! Selling off their Coats range of...
16/10/2018

When you pop into Dunelm Mill for a single reel of thread and come out with a bag full! Selling off their Coats range of silk, cotton, nylon and polyester threads for 20p a reel!! Let's just say the cashier was not impressed when they had to scan every one!!!! 😊 😊 😊 😊

When you're trying to do some goldwork and a labrador decides he wants a cuddle instead.
01/10/2018

When you're trying to do some goldwork and a labrador decides he wants a cuddle instead.

Chase away the October blues with a delicious afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall , Stockton-on-Tees, followed by my lively ta...
17/09/2018

Chase away the October blues with a delicious afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall , Stockton-on-Tees, followed by my lively talk 'Glitz and Glamour: getting ready for a party!" on 14th October. A wonderful afternoon of Twenties beaded frocks and Thirties glamour - plus cake! What a perfect afternoon. For tickets contact Philipa Cooper on [email protected] or 01740 622788.

In Ledbury on Friday? Support the Votes for Women campaign? Well why not visit the Heritage Centre at 7pm to see my talk...
13/09/2018

In Ledbury on Friday? Support the Votes for Women campaign? Well why not visit the Heritage Centre at 7pm to see my talk 'Hear My Voice: the working womans fight for the vote!'. Full of stories featuring costume, militancy and protest!

Watch out, the Suffragettes are out in force!Absolutely loving this photo! Huge thanks go to Gerard Bauer for taking it ...
15/07/2018

Watch out, the Suffragettes are out in force!

Absolutely loving this photo! Huge thanks go to Gerard Bauer for taking it on his original early 20th century camera at Museum of Lincolnshire Life last weekend. My partner thought it was a picture of an actual Suffragette - does this mean I look really good for my age or really bad?!

11/07/2018
Fit for Purpose: A Costume Study Day - Black Country Living Museum

Fancy a day looking at how clothing has developed to be fit for purpose? Well, why not join me at the Black Country Living History Museum for their study day considering that very question. I will be presenting my talk on Victorian Lady Cyclists and the popularity of bloomers!

Black Country Living Museum is an award winning open air living museum that tells the story of the world's first industrial landscape with buildings, vehicles, objects and costumed characters for you to interact with and explore.

Following voracious demands to know when I will next be in the North East I am delighted to share this with you! Hope to...
02/07/2018

Following voracious demands to know when I will next be in the North East I am delighted to share this with you! Hope to see you there.

Join Dressmaker and Costume Historian Meridith Towne for a new presentation -
Sixties Home Dressmaking .
At White Swan Customer First Centre on Tuesday 25th September 7pm.
Tickets £6.50, booking essential. For tickets call (0191) 643 2040 or contact any North Tyneside Library

National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum
28/06/2018

National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum

Remember, the brilliant Meridith Towne: Dressmaker and Costume Historian will be here this Saturday at 2.30pm, telling the incredible stories of the women throughout UK history who fought for suffrage and whose fierce passion and persistence finally succeeded, 100 years ago, in winning some women the right to vote. Make sure to visit our temporary exhibition, Shaking The Foundations: The Quest for Democracy, before or after the talk to learn more! Visit www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/events for further info.

National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum
19/06/2018

National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum

This month's talk comes from Meridith Towne: Dressmaker and Costume Historian. Complementing our fantastic temporary exhibition Shaking the Foundations and celebrating #Vote100, Meridith will lead you on a battle march through history to discover more about the women who sparked 'The Cause' during the Civil Wars through to the Edwardian militants who wouldn't take no for an answer. So don your sashes, raise your banners and join us on Saturday 30th June at 2.30pm! More info at www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/events

Eleonora de Toledo's 16th century knitted stockings! (this is my excited face)
02/06/2018

Eleonora de Toledo's 16th century knitted stockings! (this is my excited face)

Here we go (squeak with excitement!!) the Medici galleries in the costume section.
02/06/2018

Here we go (squeak with excitement!!) the Medici galleries in the costume section.

If only I could read Italian! Fabulous book on the button collection held by Palazzo Pitti in Florence.
02/06/2018

If only I could read Italian! Fabulous book on the button collection held by Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Ready to head back to the Swinging Sixties? Join me tonight at Gateshead Central Library 6.30pm for my brand new talk on...
15/05/2018

Ready to head back to the Swinging Sixties? Join me tonight at Gateshead Central Library 6.30pm for my brand new talk on home sewing in the 1960s! Remember making mini skirts or tackling crimplene or just love vintage, then this is the talk for you!

Whoop! Looked what arrived in the post today. Wearing my new pin badge with pride.
30/04/2018

Whoop! Looked what arrived in the post today. Wearing my new pin badge with pride.

Wow! I wish I could make it. Straight on the Amazon wish list though. I am sure everyone attending will have a great tim...
06/03/2018

Wow! I wish I could make it. Straight on the Amazon wish list though. I am sure everyone attending will have a great time.

Looking forward to an enthralling talk by freelance writer and historian, Tracey-Ann Knight. Tracey has collected stories of extraordinary women, both heroic and villainous, as she has travelled across Europe with her soldier husband.

A few of you asked for pictures of the Tudor dolls we worked on last year. Well, the official portraits are now in and I...
02/03/2018

A few of you asked for pictures of the Tudor dolls we worked on last year. Well, the official portraits are now in and I am pleased to share! Massive thanks to Ruth Watkin and Juliet Griffin for your contributions. An amazing project to be involved with but if I say I will do it again, remind me how small the armholes were! Article in Historic Environment Scotland magazine coming soon.......

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Meridith Towne (and her brilliant assistant) gave a fantastic and highly informative talk tonight, at Killingworth, Tyne and Wear, UK. Tonight's subject was about hats: "Where did you get that hat?". She is always entertaining and the humour is wonderful. If you ever get a chance to see her - just go! You will not be disappointed. You'll leave with a smile on your face. I even missed playing at a ukulele group tonight, in order to go. And {from me} there is no higher recommendation. 😊 Rik
Thank you so much for this afternoon - you were fabulous xx
Hello Meridith. I loved your presentation today! Your knowledge of social history was brilliant. Your dresses and dressmakers equipment were fascinating..I especially liked your working woman's dress. It was simple but smart and I thought the pocket and watch pocket were ingenious. Many thanks,