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50 Fabulous Frocks at The Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum is celebrating turning 50 years’ young through an exhibition of 50 of its most iconic dresses.

Sat 2nd February 2013 – Tue 31st December 2013

Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath, Avon, BA1 2QH

Written by Jessica Cook

Category: Fashion

50 Fabulous Frocks Exhibition

Bath’s Fashion Museum is celebrating its fiftieth with an exhibition showcasing 50 of its greatest dresses. Boasting pieces from Burberry and John Rocha, as well as dresses by the masters of couture such as Schiaparelli, Poiret and Vionnet; 50 Fabulous Frocks will delight tourists and fashion lovers alike. Read my review of 50 Fabulous Frocks here.

Covering fashion from 1660 right up to modern-day, the selection includes a dress by André Courrèges, a pioneer of the mini-skirt, as well as Worth, arguably one of the first fashion designers. Other familiar names in the collection include: Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Comme des Garcons and Louis Vuitton. With commentary on the dresses available via handsets in the reassuringly authoritative tones of Museum Manager Rosemary Harden, this is a fashion-must whether you’re a Downtown Abbey lover or a bonafide fashionista.

The Fashion Museum holds several other exhibits including: Dress of the Year, Glamour, Behind the Scenes, 20th Century Daywear and Top Trends. There is also a collection of 17th century gloves on loan from The Gloves’ Collection Trust as well as the opportunity to try on replicas of historical dress. As the home of fashionable life in the 18th century, nowhere could be more appropriate than Bath to house such a vibrant exhibition.

Tickets cost £2 and can be bought on the door, children under 16 go in free.