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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects

Fashion Museum
Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
Bath
BA1 2QH
Fashion Museum

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This exhibition celebrates fashion throughout history, from the 1500s to the present day, this headline exhibit will showcase 100 star objects drawn from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection.

The exhibition, which will run until January 1, 2019, will feature garments and fashion accessories that created the look of history or hit the headlines. From a late 1500s ‘blackwork’ embroidered man’s shirt, dating from the time of the Spanish Armada, to a ‘body-con’ Galaxy dress of the early 2000s, a time when the world was facing economic downturn, the exhibition will present iconic and influential garments and accessories spanning five centuries of innovative fashion design.

Fashion is defined as the latest style of dress, decoration or behaviour, and the new exhibition will showcase artefacts that tell personal stories or are symptomatic of moments in world history.  

One of the earliest fashion garments to go on display is an intricately embroidered woman’s jacket (Object 2) – known at the time as a waistcoat – worked in coloured silks and glittering metal thread and dating from the time of Shakespeare.

Fast forward over 300 years, and visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see another embroidered jacket (Object 75), this time from 1948, by Paris couturier Lucien Lelong and worn by major film star ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Vivien Leigh.

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

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Opening (19 Mar 2016 - 1 Jan 2019)
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