The Fashion Museum Bath presents 100 objects from its collection for its new exhibition, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. Taken together, these objects showcase an overview of changing style from the 1500s to the present day.
Fashion touches everyone’s life, it is intrinsically linked to society. Noting this, the exhibition references key moments in history alongside personal anecdotes.
One of the earliest garments on display is an intricately embroidered waistcoat worked in coloured silks and glittering metal thread, which was worn by an aristocratic woman from the time of Shakespeare. Representing Bath’s Georgian heyday are graceful silk robes and embroidered, tailored coats for men. These garments are displayed alongside Regency fashions from the time of Jane Austen.
Moving into the twentieth century, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects includes an appliqué embroidered jacket by Paris couturier Lucien Lelong, worn by “Gone with the Wind” actress Vivien Leigh in 1948. Other distinguished names from fashion history also feature. The House of Worth, for example, is represented by a grey silk
gown worn by Mary Chamberlain, wife of British politician Joseph Chamberlain.
Alongside these outfits are ten shoe moments, from Georgian silk shoes to trainers. Also a children’s trail showcases ten looks for kids, from the 1700s to the 2000s.More information
Fashion Museum, Bath
Bennett Street Bath BA1 2QH