Dickens was also known as a fashionable dresser and the only two pieces of his clothing that survive will be on show. Indeed, his 1860 black silk grosgrain waistcoat, currently in a private collection, will be on display for the first time in more than a century. Alongside it will be the dark woolen court suit worn by the author when he met Edward, Prince of Wales in 1870.
“We aim to present an image of Dickens that the public have never seen before,” said Frankie Kubicki, curator at the Charles Dickens Museum. “Dickens adored fashion and Technicolour Dickens will highlight his personal style and often daring fashion tastes. We have spent many months exploring the details of Dickens’ clothes, tailors and textiles, the choices he made when creating images to be shared with his readers and the reactions of those that came into contact with him."
Technicolour Dickens: The Living Image of Charles Dickens runs until April 25, 2021.