20th Century Chic: 100 years of women's fashion

16 February 2013 - end date to be confirmed

Free admission

Evening dress, silk satin, lace and diamanté decoration, about 1911-1913 Evening dress, silver lamé and silk satin with silver thread, about 1925-1928 Evening dress, rayon taffeta, made by Elizabeth Henry Ltd, about 1955-1960 Evening dress, acetate rayon and nylon, fabric flowers, made by Jean Varon, London, about 1966 Evening dress, printed silk chiffon 1972, made by Janet Rushton, Liverpool fashion student Skirt, nylon spandex 1998, made by Moschino, Italy

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From the corsets and petticoats of the Belle Epoque to the designer labelled spandex of the 90's, 20th Century Chic charts 100 years of women’s fashion. 

The display of 12 evening outfits reflects the monumental changes in the role of women during the twentieth century. The changing styles, materials and colours of the garments echo wider social changes and represent key periods in women’s history. 

The impact of two world wars, women entering the workplace, feminism and new manufacturing methods are echoed in the changing hemlines, materials and styles of the garments on display. 

The journey ends in the year 2000 with women using fashion to express their personality in a way unthinkable at the start of the century. 

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