The Mantua Project Update
Well, we’ve finished our replica of the Rockingham Mantua that is a part of the HRP collection.
It has been dated c.1760s and from our understanding, currently, we’d suggest it’s towards the latter end of the 1760s. And she chose a gown that would have very much honoured George III and Queen Charlotte!
The silk is incredible – heavy silver brocade style flowers woven on top of a cream velvet. How she really must have sparkled in the gloomy rooms of Kensington and Buckingham palaces, lit mostly by the many, many candles.
The Mantua Project made the decision right at the beginning that the whole purpose of this project was to study and follow the construction methods as they develop, hand in hand, with the evolving styles. This meant (and the fact that it is nigh on impossible to get such a range of silks as the originals) that cream silks were chosen to best display the simple evolving constuction methods and changes in fashion.
Basically, we’re saying, ours isn’t silver brocade in cream velvet! 🙂