I have discovered just today something so wonderful and commendable that I decided to share it with you.
Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) lived in England and she was a reverend’s daughter. Barbara kept a detailed diary of fabrics she bought and dresses she made out of them throughout her whole life. She started her ‘fashion diary’ in 1746. when she was just eight years old. Impressive in many ways, her book, now placed in Victoria & Albert Museum, informs us about everyday fashions for ordinary women in the eighteenth and well into the nineteenth century. Information about Queen Charlotte’s wardrobe is widely known but fashions for 18th century middle class Englishwomen aren’t that much.
Not only did Barbara keep a detailed diary about fabrics she bough and the dresses she made but she also described the sewing process. Luckily for us now, Barbara also wrote notes on current hairstyles, accessorize and she posted fashion plates with matching descriptions and her own notations.
Hope you’ll be fascinated as much as I was when I discovered this. How I relished in looking at all the fascinating details and delightful fabric prints! I can’t even describe my happiness, for this will surely serve me well for studying 18th century fashion in England (for example Cathy from Wuthering Heights could have dressed the same way).