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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects - Fashion Museum Bath

Daily - from Tuesday 20 February 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019

A History of Fashion in 100 Objects

at Fashion Museum Bath

T: 01225 477789

Price: Free with standard admission

The Fashion Museum Bath presents 100 ‘star’ objects from its collection in the headline exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’. Taken together, these objects showcase a history of fashion from the 1500s to the present day.

19th March 2016 - 1st January 2019

Fashion touches everyone’s life – it is intrinsically linked to society - and A History of Fashion in 100 Objects references moments in history, as well as more personal stories. 

One of the earliest garments on show is an intricately embroidered waistcoat worked in coloured silks and glittering metal thread worn by an aristocratic woman from the time of Shakespeare. Fast forward over 300 years, and the exhibition also includes an appliqué embroidered jacket by Paris couturier Lucien Lelong, worn by ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Vivien Leigh in 1948.

Graceful silk robes and embroidered and tailored coats for men, the styles fashionable during Bath’s Georgian heyday are also on display, along with Regency fashions from the time of Jane Austen.

Big names of fashion history feature in the exhibition. The House of Worth was the ‘go-to’ designer in the 1890s, and the exhibition presents a grey silk Worth gown, worn by Mary Chamberlain, an American by birth and wife of British politician Joseph Chamberlain. This is the dress that Mary wore for her portrait by Sir John Everett Millais in 1891.

A History of Fashion in 100 Objects includes ten shoe ‘moments’ throughout history, from Georgian silk shoes to trainers. There is also a children’s trail showcasing ten ‘historical fashion’ looks for kids, from the 1700s to the 2000s.

Admission: This exhibition is included with general Fashion Museum admission.

For any further information, please call the Fashion Museum on 01225 477789 or click here.

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Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QH

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