Stitches in Time is a lively and idiosyncratic history of clothing.
Lucy Adlington took an English degree from the University of
Cambridge and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of
After many years running unique hands-on history workshops and presentations for museums, schools and heritage sites, Lucy now specialises in costume history, with a passion for the early twentieth century. She collects nineteenth- and twentieth-century costume. Her ambition is to own an eighteenth-century gown of Spitalfields silk. She runs the popular 'History Wardrobe' series of talks - delightful costume-in-context presentations, all featuring original garments and accessories.
Lucy's costume history books, Great War Fashion and Fashion- Women in World War One, are rich with unique images and anecdotes. Lucy also writes history-inspired novels for young adults. Her first five novels, including the award-winning Diary of Pelly D, Carnegie-nominated Burning Mountain and the exciting new Night Witches, are published by Hodder Children's Books.
"Anyone with a closet full of vintage clothes will find Stitches in
Time a fascinating primer to the art of getting dressed." * Mail on
"Lucy Adlington has done something very impressive in making this a lively, vibrant and constantly interesting history - with each chapter focusing on a different area of clothing, and the vastly different history that accompanies each item. Some of the stories here are utterly fascinating, some rather upsetting, and some surprisingly moving - not what you would expect from a history of clothes ... You'll come away far more knowledgeable, and have a different viewpoint next time you open the wardrobe." * Bookbag *
"An enjoyable and easily accessible read to anyone who has an interest in the history of clothing, or history in general." * Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine *
"The commentary is cogent and wise... detailed and absorbing" * TLS *
"Fascinating" * S Magazine, Sunday Express *
"Adlington's history of clothing in Western culture is a fascinating exploration of knicker elastic, sock garters, trouser turn-ups, glove-stretchers and other sartorial curiosities" * Daily Mail *
"Clothes are deeply connected to our identity. Here's a clear, thoughtful history. Of socks. And trousers, And jackets. And much more." * Evening Standard *
"What's remarkable is just how fascinating it all is." * i *