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What do our ancestors’ clothes tell us about them?

By on February 9, 2021 0 133 Views

Sussex author Jayne Shrimpton explores Fashion & Family History in her new book, published by Pen & Sword Books at £14.99 and available online from Pen & Sword Books,Waterstones, Amazon and The Book Depository.

Jayne, aged 61, explains: “As a trained and experienced dress and art historian (MA history of dress, Courtauld Institute of Art), and ex-archivist at the National Portrait Gallery, London, I have been working professionally with historical fashion images and with privately and publicly owned photographs and artworks for 30 years.

“Over the past 16 years much of my work has been within the family history/genealogy arena, dating and interpreting old family photographs through the fashion clues and writing books and literally hundreds of magazine articles and columns.

“I have had this book in mind for some time: it is literally an assemblage in one place of much of my acquired knowledge, skills and hands-on experience as a historical consultant since the late 1980s. I am known to fashion, family and social historians worldwide so hopefully there should be a broad interest in this book, but perhaps mostly from family historians who are invariably fascinated by how their ancestors dressed.

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