Hand woven dress silk c.1780

After the death of Louis XIV in 1715, dress became simpler during the 18th century. The outline of gentlemen’s coats became tighter fitting above the waist and flared out over the hips whilst feminine dress always included the corset, trimmed with lace and ribbons,...

Empire: a style of change

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the BBC has produced a series of television and radio programmes that challenge well-held views on Napoleon, his strategies and the legacies left. One such legacy of this tumultuous and stimulating period...

Marion Dorn and Warner & Sons

Dr Christine Boydell explores Marion Dorn’s design journey with Warner & Sons. Marion Victoria Dorn was born in San Francisco in 1896, and settled in London in 1923 with her partner, the graphic designer Edward McKnight Kauffer. At this time, she began designing...