Is this Jane Austen’s sampler?

A needlework sampler survives with the maker's name Jane Austen stitched within it: is this THE Jane Austen? Austen experts already have their doubts, and an alternative possible attribution, but I dare to venture into the debate because I bring two relevant skill sets to the question which have not been employed in the discussion…

Sanditon PS: recycled costumes

Spencer first worn by Jennifer Ehle as Lizzie Bennet in P&P (1995) It's not widely known that productions will often reuse costumes from earlier productions. With all the Austen adaptations since 1995, plus other movies set in that era such as Vanity Fair, Becoming Jane, Miss Austen Regrets, and more, you're bound to see some…

The Costumes of Sanditon

Are you watching Sanditon? I am...sort of. It's not capturing my whole attention, so I can't seem to make myself watch it without a lot of fast forwarding to get screenshots for this post. The costumes are quite decent (of course I could nitpick, but I'm assuming most readers don't care to have every tiny…

Stuff I’ve Written: Jane Austen & her Era

Costume images in my paper about the Gothic movement's influence in America Last fall (2019), I gave a lecture at the Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme of the year was Northanger Abbey, Austen's parody of the Gothic novel. I talked about how the Gothic revival, and…

Movie Costumes: Emma 2020

A new adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma has been released and is, as I edit this post (originally published just before its release), is about to be released for streaming. I have access now only to images from the trailers--but even having seen only those tiny previews of this production, I decided I am HERE…

Stuff I’ve Written and Curated: Quilts

Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia (2014) was my largest quilt exhibition to date, with I believe about 34 quilts on view at any given time--three quilts went off exhibit halfway through and were replaced by very similar quilts by the same quilters, and several more which couldn't fit in the exhibition…