Love the Fabric

The first thing my tutor at the London College of Fashion said on my Style course was, "Fabric is King".  This month has been all about fabric for me.  You may have caught my Facebook post about a talk by textile historian Dr. Kate Strasdin at Loving the Fabric in Richmond.  There was a chance to look at the wonderful cottons, wools and silks Gay the owner, has for sale in the shop beforehand. (And how amazing to have a fabric and haberdashery shop in Richmond when not so long ago you had to go to Kingston to buy a needle!) The talk itself was about a "dress diary" or scrapbook of dress fabrics kept by a woman from Lancashire from about 1830 - 1870.  It made me wish I had kept such a thing because I remember clearly clothes I wore as a child, dresses my mother and sister wore and I would love to have a record of them.  My husband remembers events by what food he ate.  I remember by what I wore.  What images come to your mind as you remember your past?