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Lucy Adlington co-founded and runs the ‘History Wardrobe’, an organisation which gives hugely sought after costume-in-context presentations to over 15,000 people across the UK every year.  Her largest clients are the National Trust, English Heritage, WI and the Cheltenham Literary Festival. 

Lucy's social history writing weaves together her passion for clothes through the ages and her fascination for women’s lives.  Her first, the lavishly illustrated Great War Fashion, is published by The History Press and her second, A Stitch in Time – The Story of the Clothes We Wear was published by Random House Books in 2015.

Writing as L.J. Adlington for teenagers her novels have been shortlisted and longlisted for many prizes like the Carnegie Medal, and the Manchester and the Leeds Book Prizes.

In 2016 Lucy completed a YA novel, The Red Ribbon, about two teenage girls who meet in the sewing rooms of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which Hot Key Books pre-empted for World English rights.

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LATEST BOOK: STITCHES IN TIME  - The story of the clothes we wear.

"detailed and absorbing"  TLS

"a fascinating exploration" 
Daily Mail

"a clear, thoughtful history"
Evening Standard

Riffling through the wardrobes of years gone by, costume historian Lucy Adlington reveals the rich stories underlying the clothes we wear in this stylish tour of the most important developments in the history of fashion, from ancient times to the present day.

Starting with underwear – did you know Elizabeth I owned just one pair of drawers, worn only after her death? – she moves garment by garment through Western attire, exploring both the items we still wear every day and those that have gone the way of the dodo (sugared petticoats, farthingales and spatterdashers to name but a few).

Beautifully illustrated throughout, and crammed with fascinating and eminently quotable facts, Stitches in Time shows how the way we dress is inextricably bound up with considerations of aesthetics, sex, gender, class and lifestyle – and offers us the chance to truly appreciate the extraordinary qualities of these, our most ordinary possessions.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: WRITING AS LUCY ADLINGTON: Stitches in Time, Random House Books, 2015; Great War Fashion, The History Press, 2013.   WRITING AS L.J. ADLINGTON: Night Witches, Hodder Children’s Books, 2013; Burning Mountain Hodder Children’s Books, 2010; The Glittering Eye, Hodder Children’s Books, 2009; Cherry Heaven, Hodder Children’s Books, 2007; The Diary of Pelly-D, Hodder Childrens Books, 2005; (Foreign rights sold USA (Greenwillow), Germany (Patmos Verlag), France (Hachette), Denmark (Phabel), Japan (Poplar).