A Stitch in Time exhibition at Ham House
The costumes created on the popular BBC Four programme a Stitch in Time come to Ham House this Spring. Until 29 April all 6 costumes will be on display and visitors can see the intricate work of costumier Ninya Mikhaila and her team up close.
Costumes on display from 10 Feb to 2 April, house open 12-4pm.
Earlier this year, BBC Four broadcasted the documentary ‘A Stitch in Time’. In this BBC Four programme, presenter Amber Butchart and a team of expert tailors headed by Ninya Mikhaila, took inspiration from works of art and recreated historical clothing using only authentic methods.
“Fashion is the mirror of history
- Louis XIV
Today, we have all six costumes created on the show on display at Ham House. One of the costumes was inspired by our very own painting of Charles II, currently hung in the Marble Dining Room.
The six costumes include;
- Charles II from a painting at Ham House by Thomas Stewart
- The Arolfini dress from the Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van eyck at the National Gallery
- The Hedge Cutter leather jacket from a portrait at Broughton Castle
- The dress of Dido Elizabeth Belle from a painting at Scone Palace
- The Jupon of the Black Prince from the effigy at Canterbury Cathederal
- Marie Antoinettes Chemise á la Reine from a painting by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
According to Amber, clothes are the ultimate form of visual communication. By looking at the way people dressed we can learn not only about them as individuals but about the society they lived in.
In each episode Amber looked at what these items of clothing tell us about the people who wore them and the historical time periods they came from.
This exhibition has been made possible thanks to;
Amber Butchart – Fashion Historian and Presenter of A Stitch in Time
Ninya Mikhaila – Costumier
Harriet Waterhouse – Costumier
Hannah Marples – Costume Assistant
BBC Four/ BBC Studios