New display--Collection Stories:
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Collection Stories is an exciting new look behind the scenes of the Fashion Museum’s outstanding collection of historical fashionable dress. Within the collection there are hundreds of fascinating individual fashion stories and visitors are invited to uncover some of these hidden narratives.
From shoes and bonnets to lace and wedding dresses, the treasured pieces especially selected for display hint at the astonishing size and depth of the Fashion Museum collection.
The gallery will also showcase a space for regularly changing displays called Fashion Focus. The first display will be Little and Large; a glimpse of our collection of antique dolls displayed alongside life size fashions from the same historical period.
Collection Stories opens on 17 May.
Get creative on the first Saturday of every month and draw the fabulous items on display in our Collection Stories and A History of Fashion in 100 Objects displays.
Be inspired by the dresses, waistcoats, hats, gloves, corsets and jewellery on display. There are also suggestions of key objects to draw from our curators.
Share your images on social media using #SaturdaySketching and tag @Fashion_Museum and @minervaartshop on Twitter, and we will post your image in our online gallery.
Saturday 4 May, 10.30am-12.30pm. Free with Museum entry. Minerva Art Supplies kindly provide sketchbooks and pencils for the sessions, just ask at the front desk on arrival.
Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild
All levels of expertise are welcome, from beginners to experts and those who have an interest in the history and future of these crafts. There are people on hand to teach you how to knit and crochet if you'd like to learn.
Saturday 13 May, 10am-midday in the Assembly Rooms.
Flower Power Family Activity
Look at the fabulous floral patterns on display. Create a piece of ‘fabric’ using flower stamps and paper.
Tuesday 28 May, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bespoke Embroidery: Inspired by 1600s Blackwork Shirt
Royal School of Needlework Tutor Deborah Wilding will be teaching a bespoke embroidery class at the Fashion Museum based on a Blackwork shirt.
You will work on a design directly based on the motifs found on this historic Blackwork shirt dating from 1580-1600. The embroidery is in the Blackwork traditional style worked with black thread on a white linen fabric.
Saturday 1 June, 10am-4pm. Tickets £84, available from the Royal School of Needlework website.
You might also like Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace, London:
Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully managed public image in this major exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Victoria learned that she was to become Queen when she was 18 years old, while still living at her childhood home of Kensington Palace. She held her first council meeting in the palace’s Red Saloon just a few hours later.
The exhibition will re-introduce Victoria as a young woman and explore her roles as a queen, wife, mother and empress. Rare survivals from her private wardrobe which include a simple cotton petticoat and a pair of fashionable silver boots provide a stark contrast to the black gowns she was so famous for wearing later in life.
The exhibition opens on 24 May 2019.