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Clarissa Dalloway took her famous walk through London in June of 1923. One hundred years later, you can join the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain for DallowayDay 2023 with its theme of “Dressing the Part.”

Date: Saturday 17 June 2023
Place: Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE
Theme: This year’s theme for Clarissa Dalloway’s very own day is Bloomsbury, clothing and dressing up; party wear and everyday wear.
Tickets: All are welcome, and discounts are available for VWSGB members.
Bookings via Eventbrite.

Questions to explore

  • How did Bloomsbury represent themselves visually, in portraits and photographs? Participants will look at the clothes produced by the Omega workshops, and those in Virginia Woolf’s own wardrobe.
  • She was accused of being ‘badly dressed’, but what does this really mean? What did it take (other than a glamorous frock) to be a Grand Society Hostess like Sibyl Colefax, Ottoline Morrell, Emerald Cunard and Mary Hutchinson?
  • And Clarissa Dalloway’s party was a great success, but what kind of hostess was its creator, Virginia Woolf?

The day’s schedule

11.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. A Bloomsbury Walk
Guided by Clara Jones (Virginia Woolf: Ambivalent Activist) of King’s College, London.

2–3 p.m. Clothes Maketh Bloomsbury
A panel discussion with Wendy Hitchmough (The Bloomsbury Look), Claire Nicholson (VWSGB Chair) and Charlie Porter (Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and the Philosophy of Fashion), chaired by Maggie Humm (Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell).

3–4 p.m. Wine & sign break
Drinks and nibbles will be served while you mingle with other Woolf enthusiasts and get your books signed by the speakers.

4–5 p.m. Bloomsbury in Society: Parties and Hostesses
A panel discussion with Sian Evans (Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars) and Nino Strachey (Young Bloomsbury: The Generation That Reimagined Love, Freedom and Self-Expression), chaired by Mark Banting (Events Manager, Hatchards).

Dalloway Day at the Royal Society of Literature

Get the details about RSL events available on or after June 14.

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