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A Fashionable Business

Seamstresses, Mantua-makers, and Milliners in early modern London

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Modes, Différens Ouvrages, 1771-1772.

Welcome to A Fashionable Business, a new blog that explores the lives of women engaged in work in the fashion trades in early modern London. 

Discover more about the social, economic, and cultural history of London, and the women who worked to create the glittering attire worn by Londoners in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On this site you will find short biographies of seamstresses, mantua-makers, and milliners, and information about the sources used to explore their lives and work.

I hope to make my research further available in the future, so watch this space!

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