Lady Worsley

Original oil painting of Lady Worsley by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Painted in the late 1700's the original is now held at Harewood House in Yorkshire.

 

Lady Worsley

This costume was created in second year for the 'Enlightenment' project and was interpreted from the original painting by Joshua Reynolds. The woollen fabric used for the riding habit jacket and skirt was dyed scarlet by hand. The military braiding was applied to the black moleskin collar and distressed to look like tarnished silver. A felt hat was made and decorated with black ostrich feathers and petersham ribbon.

 

The undergarments for this costume consist of a chemise and tabbed corset and a quilted petticoat with a bumroll. On top of these foundation garments is a habit shirt and waistcoat with a printed lace neck tie.