AGM and Lace in Fashion: A Collection Story at the Fashion Museum

AGM and Lace in Fashion: A Collection Story at the Fashion Museum

Saturday 04 February 2017

WECS is extremely fortunate to have one of the best costume museums with a world-class collection on its doorstep. The museum staff has been very supportive of the society and is very generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise. The collection of over 100,000 objects means that some objects get little exposure so it is exciting when in the process of caring for the collection beautiful pieces are revealed.

A three year project to catalogue lace and whitework at the Fashion Museum has unearthed countless hidden treasures in an area of the collection that was largely unknown. Lace and whitework present incredibly complex and intricate textiles and this talk will take WECS members on a journey of exquisite workmanship and sumptuous design all seen through a host of accessories to dress. A Collection Story at the Fashion Museum promises a visual feast of lace and whitework as we take a peek behind the scenes at this fascinating part of the Fashion Museum collection - the rediscovery of which has culminated in an exciting new exhibition for 2017; Lace in Fashion.

Elly Summers has worked at the Fashion Museum since 2004 as an experienced dress curator. She has worked on numerous exhibitions including A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, Georgians and Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine and has spent the last three years researching and cataloguing the museum’s lace and whitework collection.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2017 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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