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A Dress For All Seasons

Start Date 17 September 2011
End Date 31 December 2011
Venue Chertsey Museum
Location Chertsey, UK

200 hundred years of ‘seasonal’ dress and accessories from the Olive Matthews Collection. Accustomed to weather that can shift from blazing sunshine to a torrential downpour in the time it takes to set up a deckchair, it’s perhaps not surprising that we have created such a wide range of clothing and accessories in our efforts to survive the somewhat “unpredictable” British climate.

The items on display cover a period of two hundred years, and range from an eighteenth century silk waistcoat, with intricate tambour work embroidery, to a bright yellow PVC raincoat from the early 1970s.

The seasonal theme has provided an opportunity to showcase some of the more unusual items in the collection, including a pair of ice skates worn by its founder, Olive Mary Matthews (1887-1979) in circa 1900, and a wonderful knitted bikini from circa 1948-1951.