The needle is always at hand

Lindsey Holmes
11 years ago

In the late 1700s Hester Chapone wrote that “absolute idleness was inexcusable in a woman, because the needle is always at hand”. Yet for women like Fanny Brawne, sewing was more than just something to pass the time, it was a social acceptable form of creative expression. This exhibition explored Fanny Brawne’s life at Keats House through her interest in dress. Blurring the lines between costume and art we invited visitors to find each piece for themselves and to discover more about Fanny Brawne, Regency life and fashions.