19 September 2010

Bath Fashion Museum

I recently spent a lovely day in Bath with my mum, which included a trip to the Fashion Museum. Thought you might like to see my snaps...

Woven silk dress, 1742.

Woven silk court dress, 1760s. Ridiculous.

Cotton embroidered gown, 1795. An open robe put on like a coat over a petticoat, 
before dresses were invented to go over the wearer's head.

White cotton muslin dresses, 1800, when cotton was new. 
The one at the back has tiny glass beads on it.

Cream satin wedding dress with handmade lace and whalebone corset, 1900. 
Apparently the bride's waist was tightened to 20". Ouch.

The museum allows you to try on corsets and crinolines. 
Couldn't quite get my waist down to 20" (blame it on the iced bun I ate on the train). Oof!

The museum also has some great 1960s pieces. 
Shame the mannequins look like old grandmas!

Bath is a very picturesque city with a quaint tea shop on every corner. We also made time for a dip in the eponymous baths, bien sûr, but you'll have to imagine that bit as I didn't want to get my camera wet.

And finally, here's my mum posing with her favourite sweeties, flying saucers. She's laughing because a man had just sprinted right through the photo!

[Soundtrack: 'Splish Splash' by Bobby Darin]


  1. I love the look of the white muslin dresses, what a lovely way to spend a day with your mum. Also liked looking at the blackboard of sweets in the last photo, some of them really took me back in time - dandelion and burdock for instance! x

  2. God I love Bath, I went to college to do fashion there so the Fashion Museum was a regular haunt to get out of college!
    The corset and crinolines are great fun. Do they still have the Diana dresses on show? x

  3. Wow, these pictures are lovely, what amazing dresses!! I don't know how anyone walked around in the 1760s dress!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  4. I lovely selection of dresses, and I've always wanted to try on a corset (I don't think I'd get anywhere near 20", iced bun or no). And Bath looks lovely.

  5. Lovely! I absolutely adore Bath! I love the photos from the museum as well. It's amazing to me that they made all white dresses. They must have been so hard to keep clean back in the day!

  6. Its hard to believe there was a time when dresses didn't go over your head.. weird

  7. Oooh! Lovely photos!! Such amazing dresses! And look how cute your wee Mum is!

  8. What lovely photos - it's my home town - you've caught it! Sad to say I haven't been to the museum for a while - did you see the Diana dresses?

  9. Oh you took a photo of the giant tea pot by the train station too! I thought I was the only one, it is such a pretty cafe. Glad you took pics of the museum, last time I was there some of the cases weren't lit up so it was hard to see the outfits!

  10. Wow, those gowns are gorgeous!! And that particular one ridiculous!! And Yay for lollies, I don't think I;ve ever had a flying saucer before though.

  11. brilliant! I'm studying in Bath at the moment, off to the fashion museum later. Loving the gorgeous white regency gowns. Did you have a bath bun?? :)

  12. Hi there, What wonderful adventures you have and thank you for sharing them on your blog - which is just delish! I have been wanting to see what the Bath Fashion Museum was like as I don't think a trip all the way from Oz is in the pipeline just yet. What a great post - I'm now following:).


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