A long drive to Manchester and back today for the Textile Society Antique Textile Fair, to see the new extension and rehang of The Whitworth and then on to The Platt Hall Costume Museum. Almost too much visual stimulation ! It is too dark to photograph the beautiful things I purchased at The Textile Society Fair and I need to have a think about The Whitworth so here are some pictures of costume details. I just love the odd flounce, bow and bit of lace and decoration in an old piece of costume. I guess its my surface decoration degree background coming out in me.These elements of decoration don't come through in my work but it just confirms my love for things from the past and what we can learn from them.