Dressed to impress

Fashion in the 18th Century
Until spring 2020

Free entry

About this display

Explore everyday life in the 18th century through our stunning collection of intricate costumes and accessories.

Showcasing 13 male and female costumes, Dressed to impress highlights changing attitudes towards desirable body shapes in the 1700s, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the social climate of the time.

One piece on display for the first time at the Walker is a pair of men’s stockings. The stockings - one of the few surviving pairs remaining in the UK - are designed with padding to accentuate shapely calves, a sought-after look for men in the 18th century.

The clothes in the display are typical of the fashionable styles worn by ‘the middling sort’. Neither rich or poor, these people often wanted to improve and display their social standing through their clothing. 




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"These beautiful pieces demonstrate how fashion can be an important vehicle for exploring everyday life in past centuries"
Pauline Rushton, Senior Curator at National Museums Liverpool