Hi, my name is Natalie Bramwell-Booth and I am a PhD student at the University of Southampton in the UK. This is my degree project blog where I will be collecting information about 17th-century ladies’ fashions in England.

If you want to know a little about me: I have a background in dressmaking and have done a little historical costume making too, for the Tudor living history group at Hatfield House. I also have a BA degree in English literature, and an MA by Research in history, for which I examined the Bacton Altar Cloth embroidery and the ‘Rainbow’ Portrait of Elizabeth I. (You can read an abstract and download a PDF copy of my dissertation by clicking here). I live in a small town in Hertfordshire and can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to go for walks in the same hills and fields that might have been the favourite haunts of Pride and Prejudice’s Lizzy Bennet, as well as the historic parkland where a young Elizabeth I learned that she had become queen.

I am also Programme Secretary for the Medieval Dress and Textile Society (MEDATS), so might have bumped into you at a conference day or meeting. If so, hello again, and welcome!

My plan for this site is to collect interesting or useful images that supply clues about seventeenth-century fashion – portraits, illustrations, photos of surviving textiles – and my notes about each one, as I find them. In this way I hope to be able to organise these precious source materials into a collection that is easy to use for myself, and which also might eventually provide a useful resource for others as well.

I am very glad you are here, and welcome comments and helpful advice. However, please bear in mind that this is a new blog – which I have got several years ahead of me to fill up – and that I am still fairly new to some of the subject matter as well, so please be kind!

Thank you for visiting, and I wish you all the best in your own explorations of historical dress and textiles.