Monday, 1 August 2011

More Museums!

Over the past few weekends I visited the Fashion Museum in Bath and the Museum of London. Both have very diverse and interesting collections.

I fell in love with this piped pelisse in the Museum of London!


Below are some photos from the Fashion Museum in Bath. I appreciate the difficulties of displaying historic fashion but I was quite surprised to see two silk dresses which were displayed full of creases. Surely this would be quite damaging to the garment?? 
In the wedding dress exhibition, the decorative flower headdresses and bouquets are bright white, whereas most of the dresses on display are ivory. The costume collection in Bath is really fantastic but sadly, on some occasions, it is let down by the presentation of the garments.






9 comments:

Kleidung um 1800 said...

Thanks for sharing all those lovely photos from the museums with us! Hopefully one day I'll manage to visit Bath and London again, too!
And you're right, the piped pelisse is gorgeous - what a sublime garment! Is it a light blue silk or more greyish in color?
Sabine

sewingandsundry said...

I visited the Bath Costume Museum in March and I too felt that some of the objects were poorly mounted. Not so much the creases but some rather haphazard mounting techniques. I doubt the average member of the public would notice though. Their collection really is excellent!

Issy said...

I agree the pelisse is gorgeous. Thank you for posting the photos.

Nereida said...

Thank you for the interesting photos. I stayed in London last summer and I also fell in love with the pelisse from London Museum.

Zho Zho said...

It seems to be the way of museums everywhere, the focus is on the front of house, exhibitions and the interface with the public, rather than on the care of collections, and their conservation. Here in New Zealand we have only 2 or 3 professional textile conservators, and getting funding for the care of collections is not easy.

Sandi said...

The piped detail on the pelisse is amazing...I, too, love it!

I see what you mean about the displaying of the garments, as the white 1800 gown looks quite comical to me.

Another visit to the Fashion Museum in Bath is definitely going on the agenda for next month!

Fichu1800 said...

@ Sabine. I've posted a photo of the pelisse from the Museum of London website.

It is really interesting to read your responses to my post.

I think I'm disappointed with the Fashion museum as they do have an amazing collection and it could be shown better. However I can also see the other side with the funding issue. I know from my own experience just the cost of good museum quality mannequins is £2500 plus.......

Sandi said...

We visited the Fashion Museum back in 2004 (I think it was), and the historical garments were all beautifully displayed on life-like mannequins, all posed with accessoried and other props.

The temporary exhibition was a collecttion of Her Majesty's gowns, which was also beautifully displayed where the so-called Behind the Scenes is now crammed in.

I was very disappointed, as I did not pay good money to see so many modern clothes.

Sandi said...

I meant that I was disappointed with the present display, not with the 2004 visit.