Most of these were group photographs taken at weddings and a precious memory of each event, but also a record of so many of my relatives.When I was older I plucked up the courage to ask my Dad about his family and to my surprise he didn’t mind talking about it at all! ) We spent an afternoon going through each of the photographs and he told me the name of all those relatives he remembered and I duly wrote them in pencil on the back.

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Dress is a vast and complex subject, but here are some pointers to help with understanding, identifying and dating the clothing styles of those family members from the past who stood before the camera in their 'Sunday best'.

Fashion in photographs It was understood that clients visiting the photographer's studio (or, less commonly, those inviting a photographer to their home) would be dressed in their best quality, most fashionable clothing.

Having learned in the previous blog how photograph compositions and studio settings changed over the years, we now look closely at what our forebears are wearing in old photographs.

In any kind of portrait it is often the subject's clothing that engages us most: fashion history is a fascinating topic and recognising the modes of different eras is an invaluable tool when trying to date unlabelled photographs.

Many images in our collection have come to us with only the barest of details attached.

Your knowledge, interest and enjoyment in identifying dates and locations is helping us to fill in some of the blanks and, in turn, provide better access to the State’s archives.

Professional dress historian, portrait specialist and photo ‘detective’, Jayne is familiar to family historians and costume enthusiasts world-wide through her photograph books and fashion history guides; expertise in dating photos from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and later; regular photo dating and dress history columns in genealogy, family history and social history magazines; monthly photograph blogs for the genealogy website Findmypast; and her attendance at a range of events, including expert photo dating at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? With a BA (Hons) degree in History, a MA degree in the History of Dress (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London) and seven years’ curatorial experience at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Jayne is a highly-qualified, academically-trained historian and portrait (artworks and photographs) specialist.

As an independent consultant, using her in-depth knowledge of fashion history and over 30 years’ accumulated experience of studying historical images, she has personally dated and interpreted many thousands of family photographs, postcards, cartes de viste, cabinet cards and hundreds of oil paintings, portrait miniatures, drawings and silhouettes.

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I have been hooked on history, especially family history, since I was a child.