A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800-1899

I have decided to start a new series on the blog letting all you fashion lovers know about any events, shows, or exhibitions going on around the UK. I love to attend fashion events as much as possible but it is not always easy finding out what is going on and when, so I am going to do the hard work for you!

A new exhibition has opened up at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow showcasing an exquisite 19th century European Costume collection. Entitled A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800-1899; the exhibition is set to run from 25th September 2015 to 14th February 2016.


The show features a range of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing which has been arranged thematically by colour. Visitors have the chance to see elaborate woven silks, stunning wedding dresses, and beautiful evening gowns made by Glaswegian dressmakers, along with intricate beaded couture dresses from international designers. Accessories are also featured in the show including delicate jewellery, embellished shoes, shawls, purses, and parasols.


It is not just all clothes as the exhibition details inventions like the sewing machine and paper patterns which helped to revolutionize the fashion industry. These developments led to the mass production of clothes, and eventually the high street department store.

Judy R Clark who is Scottish New Designer of the Year and has been tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Vogue was given a preview of the exhibition. She said:

“The exhibition has been beautifully put together and I think the public will really enjoy the journey from exploring the exquisite couture collections to discovering how paper patterns and sewing machines helped revolutionize the industry; it’s a fascinating story.”


A book has been published to coincide with the exhibition called Introducing European Costume. The book was written by Rebecca Quinton, Glasgow Museums Curator of European Costume and Textiles, and focuses on 42 key objects along with beautiful photography.

Don’t worry if you are too far away to attend the exhibition as Glasgow Museums will be launching a free app for Apple and Android which allows you to zoom in on objects highlighting texture and form as well as find out the story behind key objects.

Tickets to the exhibition cost £5 per adult and £3 per concession. For more information you can visit the Glasgow Museums website.



  1. October 27, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    It is a great exhibition and more than worth it’s price, however I saw next to nothing about patterns, paper or otherwise and nothing about the sewing machine. It’s a stunning exhibit without a doubt, but if anyone is looking for a better understanding of the progress made when creating such beautiful works, you’ll not get much beyond the creation and use of synthetic and man made dyes.

    • October 29, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      That’s so disappointing if you were to attend specifically to learn about pattern etc. I’m glad you still enjoyed it though.

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