Seaton Delaval Hall has just hosted a Georgian-style catwalk show billed as Dressed Up @ Delaval.
Models showed a collection of 25 outfits created by costume designer Paul Shriek, inspired by the dashing and spirited ladies of the Delaval family.
The costumes were made by students and volunteers from Newcastle College, Walbottle High School, Seaton Sluice Middle School, a group meeting at Astley Community High School and Blyth-based Northern Butterflies.
Techniques used included proggy matting, embroidery, knitting, quilting and dyeing.
Visitors to Seaton Delaval can try the dresses on and imagine themselves as outrageous 18th century aristos.
Dresed Up @ Delaval is the centrepiece of a project at Seaton Delaval Hall, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust, that highlights the lives of those who lived and worked there in the eighteenth century.
I am amazed by how these costumes simultaneously channel Blade Runner, François Boucher and Gothic Lolita.
In a follow-up post I will show some of the portraits of the women whose sense of style inspired this catwalk show.