Tourism Alliance leader Bernard Donoghue was the key speaker in a relaxed and expectant group waiting to preview the new exhibition at the Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms, tonight.
A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. #HFx100
Donoghue reminded us that the British ‘are good at tourism and visitor attractions’ and that ‘we are good at this stuff in Bath too’.
He said ‘this exhibition is like fashion, dynamic and thought provoking’.
And on both counts he was bang on. The museum sees a fresh and reworked exhibition which still holds the wow factor and a new surprise around every corner. The clever curatorial staff continue their fine tradition of perfecting a delicate balance of both telling the human story behind each and every garment, whilst also placing it in its historical context. Yes, it is both dynamic and thought provoking and needs much more than the time allowed tonight to truly take it all in. So I shall be in no rush to do so. I think several return trips is in order….
Bath in Fashion experts note that the Gareth Pugh dress we announced live as Dress of the Year during BIF last year sits in the very last but one case. And BIF champion Susie Bubble’s now infamous Dress of the Year by Christopher Kane also, quite rightly, takes its place. From the 1500’s through to 2015, its a beautiful and brilliant journey.
What really struck me was just how many of the garments looked quite current, in pattern or cut or detail. Even those some several 100 years old.
On Sunday we are hosting a bloggers day, starting at the exhibit, when our fabulous Bath in Fashion bloggers will be tracking down all the latest SS16 style trends. On my journey back through time tonight I was able to spot all of these style trends in the Fashion Museum’s exhibition.
We spied, bright’s, stripes, tailoring, fringes, ruffles, monochrome and florals, proving, yet again, that fashion styles take their turn again and again and both evolve and endure.
I can’t wait to see what our bloggers spot in the Fashion Museum as their styling favourites on Sunday, I am sure we will all have a different garment or key detail that catches the fashion keen eye. Lets hope they feel as dynamically charged and thought provoked as I have done tonight.
Whilst we stood in the great Assembly Rooms tonight we reminisced about Spring time last year when it was our fashionable home for the week and had a sudden rush of excitement for #BIF2016.
We have big big #BIFLOVES. See you Sunday, #fashionbloggers See you on April 18th #fashionlovers
Sarah Baker, Bath in Fashion Social Media Manager