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Georgians

25 January 2014 - 17 January 2016

Georgians – Dress for Polite Society included over 30 original 18th century outfits and ensembles drawn from the Fashion Museum collection, including gowns made of colourful and richly patterned woven silks and embroidered coats and waistcoats worn by Georgian gentlemen of fashion.

The exhibition included three grand mantuas - with wide skirts originally held out by cane supports known as panniers, from the French word for baskets - worn at the Georgian courts in the 1750s and 1760s. Also on display was a miniature court dress, originally worn by a fashion doll: this was the way that mantua makers showed off their latest style to aristocratic clients in the 18th century.

The exhibition also included work by leading fashion designers Anna Sui, Meadham Kirchhoff, Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, and Alexander McQueen showing how the elegance and grace of Georgian dress continues to inspire fashion designers today.  

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