Fashion Museum Bath

Georgians exhibition
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The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress located in a World Heritage City. The museum was founded by writer and collector Doris Langley Moore as the Museum of Costume, Bath and has been based in Bath’s Grade 1-listed 18th century Assembly Rooms since 1963.

Designated as a collection of outstanding national significance under the scheme administered by Arts Council England, the Fashion Museum is frequently included in ‘Top Ten’ lists of the world’s leading fashion museums.

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Opening hours

January - February 10.30 - 16.00
March - October 10.30 - 17.00
November - December 10.30 - 16.00
Exit 1 hour after these times

The Assembly Rooms are open to view when not in use for booked functions. Hours as for Fashion Museum.

Admission charges

Adult single £8.25
Senior citizens (65+) Full Time students from outside Bath (aged 17 and over plus a valid ID) £7.25
Child single (6-16 years) ES40 Holders £6.25
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £24.00

Saver ticket to Fashion Museum, Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery is available.


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Free audioguide in one of 7 languages
Café open daily
Gift shop and fashion bookshop
Group discount (20+)
Child carriers and babychanging facilities
Special guided tours and illustrated talks
Fully accessible to wheelchair users
Study facilities need to be booked, see website for details

The Fashion Museum collection ranges from jewel-like pieces of 17th century embroidery to fashions by cutting edge 21st century designers; the museum also houses significant fashion archive collections, as well as prints, drawings and photographs. Highlights of the Fashion Museum collection include the early embroidered gloves on loan from the Glove Collection Trust, the Worth-Paquin Archive from the early 20th century, and the Dress of the Year collection, a contemporary collecting scheme which started in 1963, the year the museum opened in Bath.

The collection is presented on display on the lower ground floor of the Assembly Rooms. In addition, anyone can see any object in the collection for a self-directed study session during a pre-booked appointment at the Fashion Museum Study Facilities. For further details please visit

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Georgian costume
  • Victorian costume
  • Corsets
  • 20th century fashion
  • Mary Quant
  • John Bates
  • Ossie Clark
  • Jean Muir
  • Bill Gibb
  • Georgio Armani
  • John Galliano
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Donatella Versace
  • Alber Elbaz
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a photo of two Georgian costumes

GEORGIANS: Dress for polite society

  • 25 January 2014 — 3 January 2016 *on now

The Fashion Museum’s special exhibition for 2014/15, GEORGIANS, celebrates the museum’s situation in the Georgian Assembly Rooms in Bath with a selection of the finest fashions worn by those attending Assemblies, and other glittering occasions of 18th century life.

GEORGIANS includes over 30 original 18th century outfits and ensembles from the museum’s world-class collection, including gowns made of colourful and richly patterned woven silks, as well as embroidered coats and waistcoats worn by Georgian gentlemen of fashion.

A highlight of the exhibition is a trio of wide-skirted Court dresses dating from the 1750s and 1760s (held out by cane supports known as panniers, from the French word for baskets), the early years of the reign of King George III.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply.


Dress and train of fine cream silk decorated with diamantes and gold and silver metal thread embroidery

Behind the Scenes

  • 31 January 2015 — 6 November 2016 *on now

This special display has been refreshed for 2015 and showcases one hundred years of fashion, from snowy white embroidered muslins from the time of Jane Austen through to crinolines and crinolettes to the new column-like shape of dresses from the time of the First World War.

The display includes an original dress worn by Queen Victoria.

“Behind the Scenes” blurs the traditional museum boundaries between collections on display and those held in store. The gallery is, in fact, the museum store, and the original fashions are presented against a backdrop of collection storage boxes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Included in Fashion Museum entry


Hyacinth blue silk evening dress decorated with pearl latticework and embroidered crossed key motifs in pearls, diamantes and gold beads, about 1936

Great Names of Fashion

  • 31 January 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

Dior and Balenciaga, Vionnet and Yves Saint Laurent - the history of modern fashion is signposted by a handful of major fashion designers whose work shaped the look of a generation. A new display at the Fashion Museum will showcase beautiful evening dresses by a number of these great names of fashion history from the early 20th century to the present day.

From the jewelled key motifs on Elsa Schiaparelli’s (1890 – 1973) powder blue evening dress to the strapless gown with a skirt made of metres of knife-pleated white silk organdie by Christian Dior (1905 - 1957), this display is a must see for all those who are fascinated by the history of 20th century fashion. Prepare to be wowed!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply.


Hormazd Narielwalla pop-up show

  • 24 October 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

Hormazd Narielwalla (b.1979) is a London-based artist who works in collage. Narielwalla uses bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns, and their antiquarian and contemporary trade counterparts, to create artworks exploring the body in abstract form. His practice began in the workrooms of the tailoring firm Dege & Skinner in London’s Savile Row, with an artist’s book, Dead Man’s Patterns (2008), which reflects on the bespoke suit patterns of deceased customers. Narielwalla has worked with patterns from many sources, including 1970s luxury lingerie (Lady Gardens), antique magazine inserts (Le Petit Echo de la Mode), uniforms from the British Raj (for COLLECT 13), and a 1920s tailoring manual (Hungarian Peacocks, 2013). These artworks propose a new interpretation of tailoring patterns as interesting abstracted drawings of the human form. Freed from function they are drawings ahead of their time, anthropomorphic in origin and beautifully abstract in isolation.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image: Peter Russell

Twilight Talk – Fashion in… the 1930s, Peter Russell, Mayfair Couturier

  • 3 December 2015 6-7pm

Museum curator Joanna Hashagen, Keeper of Costume and Textiles at The Bowes Museum in County Durham, will speak about little-known London couturier Peter Russell, whose mist grey net evening dress embroidered in pink, dated 1934, is part of the Fashion Museum collection and on display in the Great Names of Fashion exhibition at the museum.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine.




Christmas decorations

Festive Fashions

  • 13 December 2015 2-3:30pm

Create fashionable Christmas decorations based on the Fashion Museum’s collections. Delve into our treasure box and create a seasonal garland or a kinetic snow picture. Age 3+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


Activity included in admission price (adult £8.25, senior citizen/student £7.25, child £6.25, family £24.00)


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Shoes, hats and bags KS2

At the Fashion Museum explore shoes, hats & bags from different times. Pupils examine a range of accessories, explore the displays in the museum and produce a design for a new accessory.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477757

Fashion past & present

A session for secondary students linked to textiles and design. This session looks at how a design brief works. Pupils explore the displays in the Fashion Museum, make detailed sketches and follow a simple design brief.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477757

Investigating pattern

Pupils follow a patern trail and investigate how patterns work in fabric. They handle a range of fabrics in small groups and create a new pattern for use as a motif on a new item of clothing.

How to obtain

Book in advance on 01225 477757.

The clothes we wear KS1

Pupils will link clothing past and present whilst exploring types of dress. Pupils explore the displays in the Fashion Museum. They also handle different fabrics and sort the fabrics for texture, warmth and use. They will also design a new outfit.

How to obtain

Please book in advance on 01225 477757.

Fashion Museum Bath
Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street



Museum enquiries

Group bookings/ General Information


01225 477789

Assembly Rooms

01225 477789


Enquiries/Group Bookings

01225 477743

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