Treasured Clothing – the Shelagh Lovett-Turner collection


On Demand online talk
Duration: 75 mins (approx)
£10 (£8 for student concession)*

Join curatorial collector and university lecturer Dr Veronica Isaac as she takes a look at Shelagh Lovett-Turner’s historic and fashionable collection which spanned seven decades and filled two attic rooms, several chests and at least two wardrobes.

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Shelagh Lovett-Turner (1920-2016) was given her first garment – a red and cream silk bodice and skirt made by J.White (252-254 Regent Street, By Special Appointment to her Majesty the Queen) – for her 18th birthday in 1938. This gift marked the start of a collection which, over the next seven decades, would come to fill two attic rooms, several chests and at least two wardrobes. Shelagh’s collecting was motivated by a fascination with history and fashion, together with the desire to preserve and share stories. Every piece she had was given or donated – nothing was ever purchased.

In this talk, Veronica will introduce you to Shelagh and her collection and reveal some of the treasures it contained.  As you will discover, Shelagh was eager to inspire interest in and knowledge of historic dress and curated multiple exhibitions and fashion shows. She also gave regular illustrated lectures and was always willing to show the collection to anyone with an interest in, or a love of, fashion.

After Shelagh died, Veronica was entrusted with finding long term custodians for the collection and her presentation will conclude with a brief reflection on Shelagh’s legacy – specifically the ways in which her collection continues to provide a source of inspiration and enjoyment in museums and universities across England.

This is a recording of the online event, which originally took place on Tuesday 29  2022 via Zoom.

About the speaker

Dr Veronica Isaac specialises in the history of nineteenth century dress and theatre costume. She is a freelance curatorial consultant and university lecturer (currently teaching at the University of Brighton and London College of Fashion). This paper was inspired by her work with a collection of dress in Gloucestershire, brought together by former Land Girl, Shelagh Lovett-Turner (1920-2016).

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* Student concession

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