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Undressed; A brief history of underwear

Discover the evolution of underwear design from the eighteenth century to the present day. Featuring over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury.  

    Exhibition on at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 12 March 2017

Lace in Fashion

is the culmination of a two year project to catalogue the Museum’s extensive archives of lace dating from the 1500s to the present day, supported by Arts Council England. Assisted by expert volunteers from the Lace Guild, we have been able to revaluate how lace is used in the Fashion Museum collection and uncover its journey from craft to catwalk.

Lace in Fashion will be on display from
4 February 2017 to 1 January 2018.
Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms,
Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH


Nursery Days


Angela Lynne

Book Review
Angela, a member of the C&TA has a collection of children’s clothes from 1890 – 1980. In this book she displays much of her collection by the use of beautiful photographs.
The book is organised into chapters showing different types of clothing such as ‘dresses and smocking’, ‘underwear and nightwear’ and ‘heirlooms, bonnets and bibs’. Each chapter consists of photographs of the items showing how the styles have developed over time. Whilst the photos are the star they are supported by explanation about the garments and interesting insights such as the development of the John Lewis brand name.

     The photos enable us to explore all the different topics covered in the book providing clear and detailed examples of the various garments, prams and toys. For example with in the smocking chapter there are many detailed close up pictures that enable to viewer to clearly see the intricate patterns created
by the needlework


Continued book review;

 As well as clothes, items such as toys, prams and books are considered and there is one fascinating chapter about the labels different designers and retailers used in the garments they sold.
At the back of the book various scenes of childhood have ben recreated and then photographed. These pictures give an insight I to things such as what children would have worn and played with on the beach, worn when spending time with their parents after tea in the nursery or taken to prep school.
Overall the book provides a fascinating way of displaying an interesting collection of children’s clothes to a wide audience. The quality of the photographs enhance the book and elevate it into one that I wold be happy to display as a ‘coffee table’ book for all to see and enjoy.



Kate Parkin, C&TA committee m



Norfolk Cathedral Broderers' Guild

The Broderers’ Guild is responsible for the care and repair of ecclesiastical textiles, as well as designing and making new frontals and vestments for
Norwich Cathedral.
The Guild is able to offer its services to parishes and private individuals within the Norwich Diocese and beyond, providing restoration expertise, alterations or repairs to existing ecclesiastical work, and also designing and making new textile items such as chasubles, stoles and frontals.

Tours take place on Wednesday's at 2pm
see poster for dates
Price £4 per person


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