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The Dress Diary by Kate Strasdin

June 07, 2023 5:16 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

I had heard an interview with Kate a while back, and she talks about the circuitous route of this diary to her hands. And it's a story I hope can come true for Ipswich lace someday too--overlooked or underappreciated documents telling a terrific story. 

But this one starts with Bobbin Lace!

NYT Review: A Scrapbook Offers a Material Glimpse of Another World

“The Dress Diary” is an intimate record of one wardrobe — and its era.

The inaugural entry commemorates Sykes’s wedding day in 1838 with a neat rectangle of white-checked muslin and a piece of bobbin lace.


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