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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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