Lost in the Past
About Lost in the Past . . .
This section of Laura’s site provides answers to some frequently asked questions.  Contact Laura if you have a question for her to answer!

When was the Victorian era?

Queen Victoria ascended the throne in England in 1837 and ruled until she died in 1901. Her son, Edward, then became King and ruled until 1910.  The Victorian and Edwardian eras are often lumped together.  In fact, what most people think of as ‘Victorian’ style is really Edwardian.  Most of my programs and collections encompass both of these eras.

Will you travel to speak at my event?

Yes, I travel nationally to present programs when the client covers travel time, expenses and lodging.  Call or email for more details!

Aren’t you hot in those antique clothes?

Antique Victorian clothing is not always warm!  Remember, clothes were made of natural fibers and natural fibers ‘breathe’ unlike modern synthetics.  Many times, several layers of antique clothing are cooler than one layer of modern clothing.

What interests you so much about the Victorian era?
It is a lost age of grace and beauty.  Everything in the Victorian era was both useful AND beautiful. Women have made great strides socially and in the workplace, but there is something to be said for the genteel society of one hundred years ago. 

Can I tour your house?

Yes, for special events I do open my home for select groups to tour.  Please call or email me for details.

Is it safe to wear my antique gown?

Wearability of antiques depends upon a number of variables.  How sturdy is the gown, how rare and/or valuable is it, what will you be doing in the gown, does it fit you, etc.  Additionally, you should have appropriate undergarments, including a corset, to have an antique gown fit you correctly and to minimize wear and tear on the fabric.   Most antiques can survive a gentle and careful wearing for tea or another special event depending upon variables. Do not wear any gown that is so precious that you would be devastated if it were damaged.  I have had gowns ripped, torn, trains stepped on and things spilled on my antiques, some of which were irrepairable.

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