Operatic breeches

Many of my Usual Shop finds have ended up in the dressing-up boxes at various museums and historic buildings in the Brighton/East Sussex area, often customised in some way; there are Tudor dresses at Anne of Cleves House (Lewes) made from curtain fabric I’ve found, and medieval monks’ robes at Michelham Priory made from old bedspreads.  Heard they wanted breeches for the actor playing the Prince Regent in activities at the Royal Pavillion – and the Usual Shop provided. These turned up at the Ringmer Lib Dems jumble sale (20p), and  according to the label inside, have done theatrical duties before – they’re from the wardrobe at Glyndebourne Opera House. But: the Prince Regent wears white or cream breeches, I’ve been told (d’oh!) and the current incumbent is a skinny little thing who’d be lost in these. Oh well – I’ll keep ’em for my own dressing-up box. They’d do as Land Girl trousers (I’ve been inspired by the exhibition at Brighton Museum, which includes a whole wall of similar trousers). Also for the box are these yellow kid gloves.

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