The exhibition, which will run until January 1, 2018, 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.
The Fashion Museum is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council. Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “The Fashion Museum is consistently named as one of the world’s top fashion museums. This new exhibition will give local residents and visitors a chance to see some of the finest fashion garments and accessories from the museum’s fabulous collection.”
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.