A new permanent display, Collection Stories, will shine a light on the outstanding collection of historical fashions kept in the Fashion Museum Bath’s 19th Century store. Collection Stories will open at the Fashion Museum on May 17, 2019.
There are hundreds of fascinating individual stories within the Fashion Museum collection. The new display, Collection Stories will uncover some of the hidden narratives that make up the collection.
Each star object on display has been chosen for the story it tells and to represent each area of the Fashion Museum collection stored in the gallery. From shoes and bonnets to lace and wedding dresses, the treasured pieces specially selected for display hint at the astonishing size and depth of the Fashion Museum’s collection of around 100,000 objects. Exploring them in detail offers an opportunity to discover more about the people who wore them, the people who collected them and what they tell us about the history of fashionable dress.
Each display case will be dedicated to a different element of the Fashion Museum’s collection: shawls stoles and scarves; lace and whitework; bonnets and hats; wedding dresses; underwear; parasols and umbrellas; men’s waistcoats and hats; shoes and boots will all be on show, displayed amongst the storage boxes and acid free tissues used to preserve them.
The Collection Stories gallery will also showcase a special space for regularly changing displays called Fashion Focus.