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Georgians – Dress for polite society
February 10, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
A special exhibition of original Georgian fashions, on display until 1 January 2016
Georgians – Dress for Polite Society includes over 30 original 18th century outfits and ensembles drawn from the Fashion Museum collection, including gowns made of colourful and richly patterned woven silks and embroidered coats and waistcoats worn by Georgian gentlemen of fashion.
The exhibition includes three grand mantuas – with wide skirts originally held out by cane supports known as panniers, from the French word for baskets – worn at the Georgian courts in the 1750s and 1760s. Also on display is a miniature court dress, originally worn by a fashion doll: this was the way that mantua makers showed off their latest style to aristocratic clients in the 18th century.
The exhibition also includes work by leading fashion designers Anna Sui, Meadham Kirchhoff, Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, and Alexander McQueen showing how the elegance and grace of Georgian dress continues to inspire fashion designers today.