Regency Modistes Where would they be?
Posted 13 June 2005 - 07:50 PM
Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:22 AM
The dining room was commonly used for daily family activities, and so that would be one possibility, particularly if the family was a large one and there was no spare bedroom available.
"Modistes" catered to a better class (financially, at any rate) of client. They would not have been received in the drawing room, in fact, they might have been asked to use the servant's entrance. Most large houses for upper class families included a sewing room (again, a spare bedroom might have been used).
My knowledge of modistes in the UK is limited to what I've read in Georgette Heyer but I'll bet it was pretty similar. Tradesmen simply weren't allowed in the drawing room if you had any pretensions to genteel-ness.