In addition to all the stuff I am doing like teaching and sewing, I have a very exciting event coming up.
On Monday the 11th of June I am donating my time as the featured speaker at Save the Children’s annual fundraiser – an afternoon tea at Premier House.
Yes, Premier House!
That’s the Prime Minister’s residence! It’s like speaking at the White House or 10 Downing Street! (well, the White House or 10 Downing St in a country with 4 million people, but still!)
I am, needless to say, looking forward to it.
As it is an afternoon tea, I’m going to speak on the fashions related to tea: the links between the tea trade and the trade in Eastern textiles, the introduction ‘afternoon tea’, and of course, tea gowns!
The official invite says:
Join textile historian Leimomi Oakes for afternoon tea and an informative and amusing history of tea and the fashions that tea inspired. The talk will cover the introduction of tea into Europe in the 17th century, the invention of ‘afternoon tea’ by Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting in the 1840s, the late 19th century fad for tea and ‘tea gowns’, and the dying glory of tea gowns in the years between the World Wars. Models in recreations of historical fashions will illustrate the talk.
If all goes well with my sewing, I’ll have two new outfits I (in progress, but not yet blogged about) included in the talk. More excitement!
If you are in Wellington and interested in coming send me a note through the contact button at the top of the blog, and I’ll send you an official invitation. Due to security at Premier House rsvps are essential.