Advent Calendar – Day Fifteen

15 December 2013

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Evening gown, Liberty (London), c1880. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Behind the fifteenth window of my pretend flouncy advent calendar there lurks this fabulous saffron yellow evening gown by Liberty, which dates from the early 1880s and brings to mind the intricately draped garments worn by women in Ancient Greece and Rome.

Liberty, of course, was the favourite shop of the more bohemian fashionable ladies of Victorian London with such luminaries as the beautiful Constance Wilde, wife of Oscar, being regularly spotted out and about in their beautifully cut and strikingly hued dresses.

I picked this dress today because I fancied something with a boho 1880s flavour due to it being the birthday of both my mother and our mutual relation Clara Lee, who was the inspiration for Cora in my upcoming Jack the Ripper novel and who was born on this day in 1865. Happy birthday to them both!

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Set against the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of autumn 1888 and based on the author’s own family history, From Whitechapel is a dark and sumptuous tale of bittersweet love, friendship, loss and redemption and is available NOW from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Burning Eye.

‘Frothy, light hearted, gorgeous. The perfect summer read.’ Minette, my young adult novel of 17th century posh doom and intrigue is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US and is CHEAP AS CHIPS as we like to say in dear old Blighty.

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