Monthly Archives: August 2013

Exhibition: Farewell to All That, 1901-1914

Silk satin evening gown, 1909. Image courtesy of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum. Photograph by John Chase.

Silk satin evening gown, 1909. Image courtesy of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum. Photograph by John Chase.

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following exhibition:

Farewell to All That 1901 – 1914:
Fashions from the Edwardian and pre First World War Era

As we move towards the centenary of the start of the First World War, Chertsey
Museum’s new fashion exhibition, Farewell to All That, looks back at a golden era. On display from the Olive Matthews Collection will be garments worn in the years before the conflict, from iconic pieces of underwear, to sports clothing, daywear and dazzling evening dress. Items of particular interest are two diaphanous tea-gowns, rigidly boned corsets, a complete tennis outfit and a voluminous lady’s bathing costume. Eveningwear will include a lavish opera coat attributed to seminal designer Paul Poiret and a stunning salmon pink satin evening gown with a long, sweeping train.

The exhibition has an accompanying catalogue which will be available to purchase from the Museum.

Farewell to All That will be on view from 14 September 2013 to 23 August 2014.

Review: Modernist Magazines in Britain and Ireland, 1880-1955


The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume One: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955, edited by Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, Oxford University Press, 2013. £35.

The process of studying modernist magazines – or ‘little magazines’ as they are sometimes known – has changed significantly over the past ten or fifteen years. One no longer has to track such publications down in the dusty vaults of university libraries or public archives, or purchase expensive facsimiles. Most modernist magazines are now freely available online, either at the Modernist Journals Project, a co-venture between Brown University and the University of Tulsa, or at the more recent (and similarly titled) Modernist Magazines Project, based at the Universities of Sussex and De Montfort, and funded by the AHRC.

Such online resources are clearly invaluable, ensuring the future of exciting research in this field. Indeed, both of these websites continue to expand at a rapid pace, with new magazines, essays and interactive timelines and, most intriguingly, digital visualizations appearing every month or so.  Despite this wealth of online activity, important book-length studies continue to appear, the most recent of which is the paperback edition of the first volume of The Oxford Critical History of Modernist Magazines, first published in 2009, and edited by Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, co-founders of the Modernist Magazines Project. Continue reading

The Edwardian Ford


The latest volume of International Ford Madox Ford Studies is titled ‘The Edwardian Ford Madox Ford’. According to the publishers the volume ‘focuses on Ford’s work from the Edwardian decade and a half before the First World War. It contains Michael Schmidt’s Ford Madox Ford Lecture, and fourteen other essays by British, American, French and German experts, both leading authorities and younger scholars. Chapters on Ford’s fiction, poetry, criticism of literature and painting, writing about England, and dealings on the Edwardian literary scene as editor and with publishers, bring out his versatility and ingenuity throughout his first major creative phase’. For more information see the publisher’s pages.

For more on Ford Madox Ford see the Ford Madox Ford Society.