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Welcome to my blog on The Janet Arnold Project

Updated: Aug 27

Due to the Corona virus and the extra time on my hands, I have decided to be proactive in keeping myself busy and also for not letting my pattern cutting and costume construction skills go dry. I have decided to do a project using the work of Janet Arnold. To focus this i am going to concentrate on the Tudor and Elizabethan era as those are of interest to me. It will also then be almost like an extension from the last module of my degree.


I first came across the esteemed clothing historian Janet Arnold when I was studying my degree. I fell in love with her work.

My dissertation and the last costume I created for my degree was about the Grimsthorpe Castle velvet suit which was from Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 3, the importance for recreating items before they become lost to the ravages of time, and the importance of using historically accurate techniques. The image below is the drawing Arnold made of the outfit.


Because this was my dissertation and all the information gathered from that would result in a physical and historically accurate suit, there was a heavy amount of research. This for me is ideal. I LOVE RESEARCH. I am a nosy bugger and love getting into it. The possible owner of this suit was a real man, he was in the higher echelons of the Elizabethan and later Stuart courts. The owner was either Peregrine Bertie, 13th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, or his son Robert Bertie, 14th Baron Willoughby de Eresby. I aimed my research at Robert Bertie.




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