Fashion Museum

Fashion Museum
Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
Bath
Somerset
BA1 2QH
England

Website

www.museumofcostume.co.uk/

E-mail

Collection enquiries

fashion_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk

Group bookings/ General Information

fashion_bookings@bathnes.gov.uk

Telephone

Enquiries/Group Bookings

01225 477173

Assembly Rooms

01225 477789

Fax

Enquiries/Group Bookings

01225 477743

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Georgians exhibition
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A world class collection of contemporary and historical dress. Located in the magnificent Georgian Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum offers more than 150 figures dressed in original garments on display. Special displays for 2014: 'GEORGIANS: Dress for Polite Society' until 5 Jan 2015, 'DAVID SASSOON' until 5 Jan 2015, 'THE GREAT WAR IN COSTUME' 19 July - 5 September.
Dressing up activities for adults and children. The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily
January-February, 10.30-16.00
March-October, 10.30-17.00
November-December, 10.30-16.00
Last exit 1 hour after these closing times.

Closed 25-26 December

Admission charges

2014:
Adults: £8.00
Children: £6.00
Concessions: £7.25
Family (2 adults + 4 children): £23.00

Joint ticket with Roman Baths:
Adults: £17.00
Children: £10.25
Concessions: £14.75
Family £48.00

Additional info

Free audioguide in one of 7 languages
Cafe 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 entire collection of The Fashion Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collection at the Fashion Museum includes over 30,000 items of fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day. From shifts and corsets to Lycra and Versace, the collection is the most amazing resource if you want to find out more about fashion history.

Within the collection there are a number of individual collections of clothes and fashion accessories, such as the Dress of the Year collection from the 1960s to the present day.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles

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.
diana dress design

A Life in Fashion - Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany

  • 25 January 2014 — 1 January 2015 *on now

In 2011 British fashion designer David Sassoon donated his archive of hundreds of fashion drawings from the late 1950s to the 2000s to the Fashion Museum in Bath. This generous gift charts the history of the firm Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mulanny as one of London’s top couturiers, and represents an unparalleled record of a life in fashion.

Twenty five choice evening dresses have been assembled by Mr Sassoon, each one lovingly kept across the years by Bellville Sasson’s loyal clientele, and now borrowed back especially for the display at the Fashion Museum in Bath.

A centre piece of the display is three ensembles designed by Bellville Sassoon for Diana, Princess of Wales, including the cantaloupe melon silk ‘going-away’ outfit, that she wore as a young bride in July 1981.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

general admission price applies.

Website

http://www.museumofcostume.co.uk/exhibitions/future_displays/david_sassoon.aspx

a photo of two Georgian costumes

GEORGIANS: Dress for polite society

  • 25 January 2014 — 1 January 2015 *on now

The Fashion Museum’s special exhibition for 2014, 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

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.museumofcostume.co.uk/exhibitions/future_displays/georgians.aspx

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.

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.

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

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.

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