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Denise applies the finishing touches to a costume in one of the many grand rooms in Uppark
Ori-garments - Artist Denise Watson has created a stunning 1750's masquerade Christmas Ball with characters made entirely from paper at the National Trust's Uppark House in West Sussex.
Denise has dressed 14 shop mannequins with clothes, shoes, masks, fans, floral details, hair and even jewellery made from things like tissue paper, gift wrap and brown parcel paper.
The festive display was inspired by Admiral Lord Gambier’s memoirs in which he quotes from Lady Sarah Featherstonhaugh’s journal of 1753 where she wrote: " The whole party afterwards proceed to Uppark, where they passed a cheerful happy Christmas in the most friendly society, and enlivened their neighbourhood with some masked balls.”
The design to the finished result took a total of three months. Denise said, "I am really delighted with the final result. It has been a joy to work at Uppark using the grand rooms and to recreate an event which actually took place".