Travel Notes from a Fashion Lover, Part IV

THE BATH FASHION MUSEUM

I joined my husband in London for a second time in June. We spent a few days exploring the museums again, then headed to Bath for five days, including our wedding anniversary. Besides being home to the famed Roman baths, this city was full of good food and some amazing museums, including The Fashion Museum. From the outside, it looked small and I wasn’t expecting much. Well, what a mistaken impression! The museum houses an impressive collection of 100 historical garments spanning the period from the 1600’s to present day. It is housed in a beautiful, Georgian building and well worth a visit. Here are some images from this ongoing collection of 100 garments:

There were two special exhibits at the time of my visit. The first was Royal Women, a collection of clothing worn by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Alexandra and Princess Margaret demonstrating their influence on fashion. Here are a few of my favorite garments:

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Queen Mary

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Queen Elizabeth

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Princess Margaret

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Queen Elizabeth

 

The second special collection was titled Dress of the Year 2017.  According to Wikipedia, “The Dress of the Year is an annual fashion award run by the Fashion Museum, Bath from 1963. Each year since 1963, the Museum has asked a fashion journalist to select a dress or outfit that best represents the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion.” The collection included previous winners, as well as the 2017 winner from Dior. These were some of my favorites from the entire collection!

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  Dress of the Year 2011, by Sarah Burton for the House of McQueen

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Dress of the Year 2012, by Raf Simon, House of Dior

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Dress of the Year 2016 by JW Anderson for Loewe, with its  menswear counterpart

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Dress of the Year 2017 is an ensemble from Dior’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection. It showcases the white cotton “We Should All Be Feminists” print T-shirt. The T-shirt is worn with a black wool jacket and black tulle skirt with black knitted underwear.

 

I spent several hours at this museum, without realizing how fast the time was passing. For more information on the museum or these exhibits, here is their website:

https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/