One of my favourite things to do on a rainy day (aside from sewing and watching my way through the Netflix catalogue in my pjs, obviously) is visiting a museum or two. So on the rather grey and wet Bank Holiday Monday last week I headed to Bath to have a look around the Bath Fashion Museum, where there were no less than three superb exhibitions on show that I’ve been wanting to see for a while.
Our first stop was the Great War in Costume exhibit, focusing on the dramatic changes to women’s lives and roles that took place during World War I. For the first time, women were required to do men’s work and fashion evolved accordingly. Restrictive corsets, elaborate dresses and dainty shoes were impractical for their new roles, so functional trousers and hard-wearing boots were introduced to women’s wardrobes to reflect their new (albeit not entirely accepted by some) status as a part of the workforce. The exhibition featured both work and civilian dress, memorabilia and propaganda, as well as some absolutely stunning costumes from Downton Abbey. It must be so lovely to be an actor and get to wear all those lovely outfits for work. Sigh.
The exhibition has finished, but no doubt there will be another equally fantastic one to take its place soon – there is also so much to see in the rest of the museum.
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Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales; all of these stars are known for their style, grace, glamour and elegance, and all of them have been dressed by Bellville Sassoon. The British couture label has been synonymous with high-end fashion for over 50 years and was founded by Belinda Bellville in 1953, with David Sassoon joining the company in 1970. It is one of the only labels to have designed for every member of the royal family (except the Queen) and has long been a favourite of some of the world’s most stylish women.
The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon exhibition, which opens on 20th September at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, will feature 150 creations spanning six fabulous decades. The display will also show sketches of dresses made for one of the label’s most famous clients, Diana, Princess of Wales, which feature annotations made by the Princess herself. It will also explore the influence of ready-to-wear and Vogue patterns.
To find out more and book tickets, visit the Fashion and Textile Museum website. An evening with the man himself, David Sassoon – which will feature a talk on couture and ready-to-wear fashion over the past 40 years, as well as a book signing – is also taking place on 24th October. Spaces are limited, so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.