One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe
24 October 2015 - February 2017
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.
Watch Homotopia's video interview with our curator of decorative art, Pauline Rushton.