Monday, 31 October 2011

Brighton Museum archive visit with students

Delicate underwear, part of a trousseau from 1940, Brighton museum
This week we left the classroom and headed to Brighton Museum where we were met by the talented curator of fashion and textiles, Martin Pel. As well as costumes exhibited in the permanent gallery the museum has many more pieces stored in a temperature controlled room in the basement. Martin took us down to the store and I was given rubber gloves to prevent any dust from my hands transferring to the costumes. 
1920s dress, Brighton musum

Although we intended to stick to 20th century fashion we were soon distracted by a beautiful 18th century, hand painted silk, sackback dress. Some other highlights of our visit were a 1950s evening gown by Norman Hartnell, a long black silk velvet coat by Charles James (1938) and a box of underwear from 1940 which formed part of a trousseau with amazingly delicate lace featuring dancing figures.

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