A duo of fashion exhibitions at the Bowes Museum

Date Posted: 19/08/2013

School groups visiting the Bowes Museum in County Durham from September can explore two new exhibitions, both showcasing and celebrating fashion from two fashion and tailoring icons.

The origins of Savile Row

Henry Poole & Co. Founder of Savile Row; The Art of Bespoke Tailoring and Wool Cloth will run from 21st September until 11th May 2014.

A school trip to the exhibition can celebrate the craft of bespoke tailoring by Savile Row family, Henry Poole & Co. Established in 1806; they launched Savile Row, now one of the most famous tailoring streets in the world.

Its famous clientele have included Emperor Napoleon III and Winston Churchill, and it has held the Royal Warrant for state livery since Queen Victoria. The company is also famous for creating the short dinner jacket which became known as the tuxedo.

60th anniversary of Laura Ashley

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Laura Ashley label, the Bowes Museum will present Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine, running from 21st September until 5th January.

A selection of 70 Laura Ashley dresses from the 1960s and 1970s on loan from the Laura Ashley archive in Wales will be displayed. The exhibition will also include loans from the Fashion Museum, Bath, plus private collections and a recent donation of Laura Ashley dresses given to The Bowes Museum.

You can also combine a visit to the exhibition with a Laura Ashley and Me talk, taking place on 15th October. Join in gallery talks to hear women’s stories of how they came to own some of the dresses on show in the Laura Ashley exhibition.

School visit information

School trip organisers will find various benefits when booking for groups of 12 or more students.

The Bowes Museum also offers free familiarisation trips for two people prior to a school visit.

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Pictured: Long-sleeved long dresses in Laura Ashley prints 1970s (photo credit: Laura Ashley Ltd).

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