50 Fabulous Frocks @ Bath Fashion Museum


London may be the fashion capital of the UK but sometimes pleasant surprises lie outside the cities borders. This is just the case with the display of fifty dresses on display at the Bath Fashion Museum on its fiftieth year of business.

The gowns which span multiple decades and even centuries, as far back as the 1600s to the present day, are intertwined regardless of date, colour or style. The very best of high fashion is on show here from Dior to Chanel and what’s more, shoes are also shown alongside the dresses to give the viewer a sense of the complete ensemble – who goes out bare foot after all?!

For me, the most memorable piece in the collection was a Veuve Cliquot champagne dress worn by an unknown woman at a fancy dress party in the early 1900s, proving that our love of dressing up is certainly not new!

The stunning show took two years to be put together and puts some London shows to shame! For anyone heading west this Summer this show is definitely for you!

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and has written for After Nyne, Arteviste, Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine and Reorient.

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