Faithful recreation of 1714 period dress goes on display at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens has unveiled a new addition to their unique collection of period fashion on display in the house – an accurate recreation of a 1714 dress made by a student from the University of Huddersfield.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 8th April 2022, 10:11 am
Callum Young, a costume and textiles student, took 176 hours to make the faithful recreation of the dress in silk, and made it all by hand only.
Callum Young, a costume and textiles student, took 176 hours to make the faithful recreation of the dress in silk, and made it all by hand only.

Callum Young, a costume and textiles student, took 176 hours to make the faithful recreation in silk, and made it all by hand only.

The project was funded by grants from the Humber Museums Partnership and Arts Council England.

Sewerby Hall has a proud tradition of working with students on placements, and on this occasion, Callum contacted education officer Robert Chester to arrange a placement.

Robert Chester said: “I was delighted to be approached by Callum, and we were excited to work on the creation of a dress from 1714, the period when Sewerby Hall was first built.

“This project was part of our plan to place dresses in particular rooms of the house which are appropriate to the period depicted in the room.

“We are fortunate to receive funding for working with young people and for digital work as well, and this project combines both, because the creation of the dress has been filmed by other students from East Riding College, and can be viewed at the Hall from the Easter holidays until the opening of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in May when it will transfer to the Sewerby Hall YouTube channel.”