Jennifer Robson reads from her newest enthralling novel, The Gown, about the real life wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. In conversation with legendary costume designer Delphine White, Robson tells-all on her experience as a published author. Hosted by Dean Hustwick. The Gown will be available for purchase with a signing to follow the event.
Presented in partnership with the Town of Cobourg. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Jennifer Robson is the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War Is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, and Goodnight from London. She studied French literature and Modern History as an undergraduate at King’s University College at Western University, then attended Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained her doctorate in British economic and social history. While at Oxford, she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband and children. For this novel, she traveled to England to speak with the last surviving woman who worked on Queen Elizabeth's gown and was greatly inspired by all the stories the seamstress remembered.
Delphine White is a professional Costume Designer. She is the 2019 recipient of the Costume Arts and Television Design “Icon” Award. Delphine established herself as a designer with the early, iconic films of David Cronenberg including Fast Company, Scanners, The Brood and Videodrome. She went on to work with Terry Gilliam on Tideland, Norman Jewison on Bogus, Barry Levison on Copper, she dressed Robin Williams in Man of the Year, and she collaborated with Guillermo Del Toro on the fourth season of The Strain. Delphine has a keen interest in Historical Costume.