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The Great War in Costume at Bath Fashion Museum

“The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.” ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton) There are some amazing displays, exhibitions and events all over the country at the moment to mark this year’s centenary of the outbreak of World War One in August 1914. As one might expect, the exhibition at […]

Advent Calendar – Day Thirteen

Evening gown, Worth (Paris), 1898-1900. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Okay, after all the excessive flounce and furbelow of the last couple of days, this dress is probably going to seem more than a little bit plain but honestly how could I resist that sumptuously rich berry red velvet? If the ombré flapper dress a few days ago was perfect for Downton Abbey‘s Lady Rose to wear to a smoky jazz club then this fabulously Christmassy Worth gown is a Lady Mary Crawley dress and no mistake – although she’d be wearing it in the spirit of nostalgia […]

Titanic fashion, 1912

I’m fascinated by the Titanic – are you? I’m horrified by the terrible tragedy, of course but also can’t help but be enthralled by the glamour of the elegant interiors and, of course, the exquisitely dressed passengers. I love looking at pictures of the artifacts that have been brought up from the bottom of the ocean and am actually watching a film about the Titanic as I write this now. No, not that one, a black and white one. Here’s some pictures of clothes that date from 1911-12 in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of […]