England: Historical Fashion and Textiles Part 1

One of the big highlights for me on our trip was the fashion. Oh the historical dresses, the fabrics! Any museum which had some dresses or textiles or shoes on display made me quite happy. But of course the Fashion Museum in Bath and the V & A had the most on display, so they were the favourites (although the V & A’s wedding dress exhibition wasn’t open yet, and they were re-doing the Britain 1600-1800 section of the V & A, which I suspect would have had a number of items on display. Gutted.).

Wax figures in Warwick Castle.  Loved the dress, of course!

Wax figures in Warwick Castle. Loved the dress, of course!

The Ardabil Carpet - dates from the 1500s

The Ardabil Carpet – dates from the 1500s. At the V & A

I feel certain this hat is not a genuine antique...  but it's still totally fabulous and I want one.

I feel certain this hat is not a genuine antique… but it’s still totally fabulous and I want one. At the London Museum

Weird steampunk dress at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  I thought it was cool.

Weird steampunk dress at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. I thought it was cool.

Queen Victoria's wedding Dress (Kensington Palace)

Queen Victoria’s wedding Dress (Kensington Palace)

Fabulous dress worn by Queen Elizabeth

Fabulous dress worn by Queen Elizabeth (Royal Costume Collection at Kensington Palace)

A number of Diana's Dresses at the Royal Costume Collection at Kensington Palace

A number of Diana’s Dresses at the Royal Costume Collection at Kensington Palace

The Fashion Museum at Bath

The Fashion Museum at Bath

Mantua dresses at the Fashion Museum in Bath

Mantua dresses at the Fashion Museum in Bath

A Charles Worth at the Fashion Museum in Bath

A Charles Worth at the Fashion Museum in Bath

"modern" interpretation of the mantua dress

“modern” interpretation of the mantua dress

Really?  This was the dress of the year for 2013?  With a matching Baseball cap?  *i just threw up a little in my mouth*

Really? This was the dress of the year for 2013? With a matching Baseball cap? *i just threw up a little in my mouth*

Which is your favourite? What do you think of the dress of the year?

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One thought on “England: Historical Fashion and Textiles Part 1

  1. Hm. I am not overly impressed with the dress of the year. It looks like someone glued doilies and stuck electrical tape all over it. And why does it have a matching hat?? The shoes, however, could possibly be pretty awesome. It’s hard to tell from the photo. I love that queen Elizabeth dress! And the steampunk/space mobile dress — kooky but very cool.

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