100 Years of Fashion
Exhibition 6th Apr.- 8th Sept. 2019
Stella Tennant, international super model, opened our stunning new Bailiffgate summer 2019 exhibition, 100 Years of Fashion. Stella has most generously loaned us some exquisite gowns from her own collection of world famous designers. In addition, Jane, Duchess of Northumberland, and many others have also brought out some of their very best evening gowns for us to display.
Designer dresses and accessories loaned by Stella Tennant and the Duchess of Northumberland are joined by evening gowns, suits, handbags, shoes, hats and gladrags worn at special occasions by residents of Northumberland over the years. Showcasing the timeless elegance of Coco Chanel’s Little Black Dress to the iconoclastic designs of Vivienne Westwood, visitors come up close and personal with high fashion from some of the most influential couturiers of the 20th and 21st Century: McQueen, Prada, Galliano, Gucci, Givenchy, Philip Treacey, Valentino and more.
Local photographer, George Skipper, has photographed four local women in some of the most stylish dresses from our exhibition. While nervous at the start, all four models greatly enjoyed their experience and the chance to return to the days when glamour really meant something!
Bailiffgate volunteers have also made a number of vintage replica clothes (male and female) which means visitors can try on and make a selfie. Share with your friends the looks that turned heads in the past. Mirrors, accessories, hats and jewellery all help you get dressed up for your big photo opportunity on a real red carpet.
The exhibition also highlights the changing fashions and trends over the last 100 years. Dresses worn by Flappers, outspoken women of the roaring 20s defying convention after the end of the First World War; traditional men’s suits from the Second World War; 26” wide hemmed hipsters with flower power shirts from the 60s; Doc Marten working boots appropriated by skinheads, punks, goths and grunge and the ever seductive stiletto heel.
Hilary Waugh, from Bailiffgate, who has led the team curating the exhibition said ‘we are thrilled to have been loaned such fabulous clothes to share with the public. I know like me, visitors will love being up so close that you can study the designs and see every stitch, bead and detail’. Volunteer Jane Mann said ‘fashion provides a fascinating glimpse into our social history from rebellion to convention through austerity and extravagance: exploring our individuality and sexuality from Virginia Woolf to Madonna via David Bowie. And then I see a vintage outfit and think did I really wear that!’
There is also plenty for children to do. Our volunteers have created children’s activities around the theme of dressing up and fashion suitable for all ages. There's our special "fashion" mouse hunt around the town and the museum. Watch out also for our super Family Thursdays throughout the school holidays. It really will be fun for all the family!
NB : Group visits can also be arranged. Take time to see the exhibition as part of a group visit, (minimum size 15) when the museum is usually closed to the public. Book the museum for your club, or group of friends, on Mondays, and late afternoons /early evenings on other days of the week, throughout the exhibition period. Specialists talks from our exhibition curator can also be arranged to enhance visits. Refreshments available in the museum, for group bookings. We are located next to The Cookie Jar, Northumberland’s latest premier restaurant, where top quality lunches, teas and evening meals can be taken. Look out for special offers over the summer.
To arrange a group booking call 01665 605847, email Vivien Kay at email@example.com or use our Contact Us form
Hear what our visitors have said about "100 Years of Fashion":