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UK Costume And Fashion Exhibitions To Watch Out For

There’s plenty of exhibitions on this year to satisfy costumiers and fashionistas across the UK, so we’ve pulled together some of the best to put into the diary.

The UK is teaming full of history, design and ideas to get you inspired and has a huge wealth of museums and galleries to match.

Check out our listings on some of the best costume and fashion exhibitions from across the nation and a let a dull, rainy day be a thing of the past:

Glove Stories

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Posted by Fashion Museum Bath on Monday, 17 December 2018

The Fashion Museum Bath is showcasing a gigantic collection of carefully preserved gloves from over 400 years in a niche yet fascinating showcase.

There’s even the opportunity to listen to the curator, Rosemary Harden, on 21st March to learn more about this impressive display.

Exhibition on from 2nd March 2019 – 1st March 2020 at Fashion Museum Bath. Talk on 21st March 6:15pm-7:15pm.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

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Posted by Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday, 20 February 2019

This fairytale exhibition has landed in London and is an absolute must-see for any follower of fashion and costume; whether you’re a professional or admirer.

Be in awe of Dior’s inspired ‘New Look’, aswell as the stunning array of evening gowns, sketches and rare beauty products on display.

On now until 14th July 2019 V&A London.

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant

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Posted by Fashion and Textile Museum on Monday, 28 January 2019

If the fun-loving ‘60s is your thing, then the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London have something you are going to love.

Swing by this spring-summertime to catch some rare images from Conran, some early pieces by Quant and a great selection of textiles, furniture and homeware from this vibrant era.

Exhibition on from:  8 February – 2 June 2019 at Fashion and Textile Museum London.

Framing Fashion

Last chance to catch this stunning array of fashion photography from iconic African and European photographers, at Brighton Museum.

View fantastic imagery encapsulating 60 years of African and European style and check out the ‘Fashioning Africa’ exhibition while you’re here too, for traditional textiles and garments across the continent.

On until 31st March 2019 at the Brighton Museum.

Welsh Costume Display

Credit: National Wool Museum

As part of the National Museum, Wales, the Wool Museum are showcasing a collection of traditional folk dance costumes made in Welsh mills.

Check out the outfits the ladies used to wear from the ‘30s and boost your skills with a needwork workshop.

Exhibition on from 1st March-30th April 2019, National Wool Museum, Cardiff.

Game of Thrones Tapestry

Fans of Game of Thrones are in for a real treat with this bayeux-style tapestry, depicting the whole seven series of events in this ingeniously detailed piece of embroidery.

Hand embroidered by a team of 30 stitchers from Ulster Museum, this intricate tapestry tells the compelling story of the nine houses.

Exhibition on from 25th January- 28th July 2019, National Museum Northern Ireland, Ulster.

Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

Celebrate diversity across race, body-size, gender, sexuality, age and disability with this pioneering exhibition from the National Museum Scotland.

Learn how the industry is adapting and changing and view boundary-challenging looks from Max Mara, Ashish, Pam Hogg and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Exhibition on from: 23 May – 20 Oct 2019

The Favourite Costumes

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

You’ve seen the award-winning film, now it’s time to explore the costumes in their full glory, with an exhibition of the costumes from the period spectacle with Olivia Coleman.

Bring the film to life as you wander through Kensington palace and get the rare opportunity to see Sandy Powell’s masterpieces up close and personal.

Exhibition on until 10th March at Kensington Palace, London.

Behind the Seams

Grab your chance to see some of your favourite costumes from the small-screen, with this costume display from Angels at the Preston Park Museum.

Feast your eyes on the dress worn by Claire Foy in The Crown, Judi Dench’s Shakespeare in Love dress, Aiden Turner’s outfit in Poldark, aswell as creations for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Exhibition on until 3rd March 2019, Preston Park Museum, Preston.

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Bristol Museum are also exploring the wealth and beauty of African textiles, as they celebrate the patterns, colours and techniques behind the vibrant prints.

Dig into the stories behind these exquisite pieces from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Mali and Swaziland dating from the 1800s.

Exhibition on until 19th May, Bristol Museum.

Hannah Moon & Joyce NG: English as a second language

For a different fashion experience, take a look at this photo exhibition from two pioneering fashion photographers from South Korea and Hong Kong.

The exciting showcase explores ‘fresh perspectives within fashion photography in our globalised and interconnected world’.

Exhibition on at Somerset House, London until 28th April 2019.

Mundo Latinx

This exhibition draws from the work of visual artists, exploring the themes of representation and identity, with particular focus the LGBTQ community and representation of ethnic groups.

These challenging themes are demonstrated through fashion, textile design, illustration and photography.

Exhibition on until 4th May 2019 at Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion.

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