Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Culture // Bath Fashion Museum

It has been a while since I looked at upcoming exhibitions in our museums and galleries. So much so that I've not had the opportunity to look around a few exhibitions at Bath Fashion Museum. It may be difficult to get to the museum with Christmas just a week away, however these exhibitions are closing on January 3rd. Both exhibitions and the Georgian exhibition are included in the general museum admission price* and if you are visiting the Christmas Markets, would make a lovely break from the manic crowds last minute shopping.
* (Bath and North East Somerset Residents are admitted free with a residents Discovery Card)

Victor Stiebel, c.1950s
Great Names of Fashion
I absolutely adore this collection! It encapsulates 20th Century fashion and with names like Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, there are an abundance of truly beautiful dresses to be seen. I love Paul Poiret's c. 1920s gold silk evening dress with a gold lace skirt, the c.1950s dress above by Victor Steibel, but also the more modern addition of a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, in 2011. I'd love to have free reign to try them all on and you'd probably struggle to get me to leave. This is probably the must see exhibition if you are short on time.

Image: Craig Green SS15
Craig Green SS15
Each year the Fashion Museum asks a different fashion expert to choose the ensemble from the international fashion collections that they feel is the most exciting, or directional, or simply sums up the year in fashion.  For the first time in 50 years, menswear has been selected for Dress of the Year. Gordon Richardson of Topman, chose two ensembles from British designer Craig Green for the Fashion Museum's collection.  Green's ensembles are contrasted using both cotton and quilted plastic, matched with bold colours. You can also view the Fashion Museum's collection of dresses which span 50 years on their online catalogue. 

I don't know about you, but I sometimes find the week in between Christmas and New Year can often be underwhelming and am looking for things to do outside of the house. This will be the perfect time for me to visit and get some much needed motivation to get on with my own exhibition research!
I'll be rounding up some upcoming exhibitions from around the country in January, so if you know of any that deserve a mention please don't hesitate to contact me. Whether a small local exhibition or a national event, I'd love to hear about it!


* Photographs from Bath Fashion Museum

Lizzie Somerset


  1. I can't believe I lived in Bath for 4 years and I didn't know about this place!! You would definitely have struggled to get me to leave too, It looks amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing on #CityCountryLife
    Becca xx

    1. Come back for a visit! There are always beautiful exhibitions and we could have coffee! :) x

  2. I adore fashion and love watching the runway shows during fashion week, I keep up with the trends in my Hello! magazine too. Love the 1950's dress, there's something about that era that is just timeless. Thanks for linking up to #CityCountryLife we're taking a break now Amy until the new year, thanks so much for joining in Happy Christmas and hope to see you linking up again in 2016. Lizzie xo

  3. I don't really follow fashion but I completely agree about the week after Christmas - it used to be dominated by sales shopping but with year round sales now, it doesn't them like such a big thing! Super idea to lok about at what's on locally! #CityCountryLife


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