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A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800–1899

Start Date 25 September 2015
End Date 14 February 2016
Venue Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

An exhibition of 19th-century clothing comes from Glasgow Museums’ collection of European costume.

The display explores how the invention of the sewing machine, aniline dyes, printed paper patterns, fashion magazines and department stores combined to create the fashion industry as we know it today. There is a particular focus on cities such as Glasgow, which were thriving retail centres.

Featured are rarely seen examples of womenswear, menswear and children’s clothing, including wedding dresses, evening gowns and Parisian couture. As well as revealing how such clothes were made and sold, the exhibition uncovers the stories of the people who wore them.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK