Anna Karenina to Yves Saint Laurent: Fashion Museum's Fifty Fabulous Frocks

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 January 2013

Exhibition preview: Fifty Fabulous Frocks, Fashion Museum, Bath, February 2 – December 31 2013

A photo of a pair of glamorous dresses in a fashion museum
© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
Two years in the making, the Fashion Museum’s carnival of fashion is a thorough breeze through slinky jersey evening dresses, classic Chanel suits, redolent Tissot paintings and purple-fringed ensembles.

A photo of a gold, yellow, brown and black dress made to look like a champagne bottle
This Champagne bottle dress was worn by an unknown lady at a fancy dress party in 1902© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
Showcasing the world-renowned resident collection alongside the 20th century’s finest – Schiaparelli, Poiret, Vionnet, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few – it also summons the splendour of Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby and Anna Karenina. An ornately embroidered early 18th century chap’s coat makes acquaintance with a pair of bondage trousers by Dame Vivienne Westwood.

For those who can’t wait, some of the most glamorous numbers are being released on Twitter and Facebook.

“We hope people will create a buzz across social media by sharing these images,” says Museum Manager Rosemary Harden.

“We’re offering our followers an advance look at some of the fabulous garments which will be on display.

“They range from our oldest piece – an exquisite 17th century silver tissue dress – to one of the latest Burberry creations.”

  • Open 10.30am-4pm (5pm March-October, 10.30am-4pm November and December, closed December 25 and 26). Admission £5.75-£7.75 (family ticket £22, saver ticket to Fashion Museum and Roman Baths £9.75-£16.25, family ticket £46). Book online.

More pictures:

A photo of a tartan-style dress in green, blue, white, yellow and red on a mannequin
Tartan Satin Dress (mid-1860s)© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
A black and white photo of a woman in a lacey fashion dress standing in a drawing room
The original look of the Champagne creation© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
A photo of a young model walking down a catwalk in a lacey black and red dress
Red/navy blue lace dress by Erdem© Chris Moore, catwalking.com
A photo of a plastic female mannequin with blonde hair wearing a sparkly gold dress
Gold lattice work and lace dress by Paul Poiret (1925)© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
A photo of a green jacket with gold buttons and an accompanying floral embroidery
Bug jacket and dress by Schiaparelli, London (1938)© The Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council
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