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Accessorise: A Story of Superficial Splendour

Start Date 05 February 2011
End Date 08 June 2011
Venue Elmbridge Museum
Location Weybridge, Surrey, UK

A new exhibition of fabulous frippery will open on 5 February at Elmbridge Museum and will run until 8 June
2011. You are invited to come into the Museum’s closet and be seduced by the exquisite costume collection on
display. See all manner of accessories – shoes, fans, hats, gloves, purses, watches, jewellery and parasols.
Discover some of the embellishments fashionable men and women have prized across the centuries, and how
styles have changed.

Amongst the Museum treasures, you will find a Roman brooch, a princess’ slipper, a gold mourning ring,
Edwardian evening shoes and a veritable clutch of handbags.

If you thought that accessories were simply frivolous and fun, then think again. ‘Accessorise’ reveals how these
small possessions tell significant stories about society: shifting gender roles, social moves, conspicuous
consumption, materials and manufacture. You really can read history in a handbag!