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Suit seeks case

Edward Austen's suit from Chawton houseAn appeal has been launched by Chawton House  to provide a conservation-grade display case for a newly-restored suit that belonged to Edward Austen Knight.

The suit, which is small in stature and made of green silk, speaks of its owner’s lifestyle and class, and, said Eleanor Marsden, director of development at Chawton House, opens up immediate questions about consumption, fashion and context. The red patches on its surface tell of the long period that it spent hidden away next to a red sari.

It was restored with the help of a grant from the Southern Counties Costume Society, but now Chawton House needs to raise £5,000 for a display case in the hope that it can be exhibited for the House’s tenth anniversary in 2013.

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