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 and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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