Fashioning Britain 2015 – Happy New Visiting!

I can’t quite believe that it was only a year ago that I became a UK based correspondent for Worn Through.  The time has spun past, writing about all the exciting fashion related events and exhibitions that happened across these fair isles! However, my 2015 resolution is to try and see more outside of London, which means I dedicate the first part of this post to some exhibitions that are very much not London!

First up is the lovely Bath Fashion Museum in the south-west, where Great Names of Fashion opens at the end of January.  A new semi-permanent display (until January 2017), the exhibition features Dior, Vionnet and Balenciaga, promising to “showcase beautiful evening dresses by a number of these great names of fashion history from the early 20th century to the present day.”

Moving up north, there is Style from the Small Screen at Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have included this as it is due to close on 18 January but thought the sight of a small display of costumes from the ‘Downton Abbey’ television series could be just what we need to keep us going through this month!  The exhibition compares the costumes with historic garments from the same period (1912-1923) of which some are on display for the very first time.

Going further north-east, there is the Bowes Museum and its exhibition Birds of Paradise – Plumes and Feathers in FashionThe exhibition asserts itself as a “tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present, featuring extravagant catwalk creations from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci.”  Co-curated with MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp, this looks really exciting and the perfect excuse to make the long journey northbound before it closes on 19 April.

Returning south, the exhibition Keeping up Appearances – Fashion Through Two World Wars at the Oxfordshire Museum opens on 13 January.  With its social emphasis on the changing role of women and its impact on clothing from the 1920s to 1950s, this exhibition is a great reason to visit Oxford early this year.

Finally, in the south-east can be found Fashion Statements at Chertsey Museum, Surrey and Winter Draws On at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex.  Fashion Statements focuses on the Olive Matthews Collection through the themes of romantic, outrageous and classic dress and is on until 5 September. Winter Draws On looks at winter clothes through the everyday eyes of people from Horsham District and is on until May.

The second part of this post is to draw attention to London College of Fashion’s annual Better Lives Seminar Series, which begins next week on 12 January and then on 26 January, 9 February and 23 February.  The series is curated by students on the college’s Psychology and Fashion Masters programmes, MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion and MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals.  The theme for 2015 is the role of positive psychology within the fashion industries and all the lectures are open to the general public, as well as staff and students.  

Do you know about other exhibitions or events across Britain that we should visit?


Image credit: Thierry Mugler, Haute Couture, Collection Spring Summer 1997 ©Patrice Stable Studio Mil Pat


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