One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

Peter Farrer in one of his dresses shown in Transformation

31 March 2017 - March 2018

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Born in Surrey in 1926, Peter Farrer lived in Liverpool for many years. Sadly, he passed away in early 2017 aged 90. Peterbegan cross-dressing at the age of 14.

Peter’s interest in women’s period costume led him to collect extensively. Over the years he accumulated a hugenumber of garments, particularly evening dresses made between the 1930s and the 1980s.

Peter was especially interested in dresses made from taffeta, a crisp lightweight fabric that makes a distinctive rustlewhen the wearer moves. He had a wardrobe of taffeta dresses made that he wore at home, created for him by the Brighton-baseddressmaker Sandi Steyning, owner of the Kentucky Woman Clothing Company.

This ground-breaking display features 21 garments from Peter’s historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.



Image gallery

Man's blouse and skirt, rayon satin and rayon taffeta, made by Kentucky Woman, Brighton, c.2005-07. Evening dress, blue silk satin, applied glass beads and sequins, c.1950-55. Man's day dress, printed rayon taffeta, made by Kentucky Woman, Brighton, c.2002-07. Evening dress, silk satin, Paquin, Paris, c.1950-55. Man's evening dress, pink rayon satin, made by Kentucky Woman, Brighton, 2007. Evening dress, printed rayon taffeta, c.1930-35