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Rachel and I were filmed last summer for BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and it aired last week. Every week contestants are set a task and the programme interweaves larger socio-cultural or historical narratives about that garment with the drama of the making of garments. The focus of this week was the corset.

I was invited to talk about Rational Dress, changing attitudes to exercise for women  (particularly around cycling) and clothing. I talked at length about many of the key themes emerging in the project but only a bit about corsets made it through to the final edit.

The shoot was held at The Geffrye Museum and it was a stinking hot day – around 33c! We were filmed for close to three hours. I fortunately was in camera under the shade of a tree for most of that time but Rachel was filmed cycling around the around the picturesque gardens in many layers of wool. She was wearing the Alice Bygrave convertible cycling skirt. Although there is only a snippet of her, she looks terrific!

Some snaps of us in action!

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