One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe

Peter Farrer in one of his dresses shown in Transformation

24 October 2015 - 13 February 2017

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This ground-breaking display, the first of its kind in a British museum, will feature 16 garments from the collection of Peter Farrer. Born in 1926, Peter has been cross-dressing since he was 14. The display will include highlights from his historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.  

Peter’s interest in women’s period costume has led him to collect extensively and he now has a huge number of garments, particularly evening dresses made between the 1930s and the 1980s.

He is especially interested in dresses made from taffeta, a crisp lightweight fabric that makes a distinctive rustle when the wearer moves. He has had a wardrobe of taffeta dresses made that he can wear at home, created for him by the Brighton-based dressmaker Sandi Hall, owner of the Kentucky Woman Clothing Company.

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


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