FASHION MUSEUM (UK | Somerset | Bath | Historical)
- Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH
Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, BA1 2QH
Phone: 01225 477789
This museum, known as the Museum of Costume until 2007, opened in 1963 and started with the clothing collection which was donated by Doris Langley Moore. The collections are extensive and the layout of the museum is well thought through, with the displays being clearly labelled. There is an audio guide, which is included in the price, which gives additional information and structure to the visit. For those interested in fashion, a visit here could easily last two hours as there is plenty to see.
The museum has nearly 100,000 items in its collections and the displays help to explain the evolution and development of fashion over time. There are Georgian and Regency displays showing what was worn in Bath during the time of its growth as a fashionable destination. As well as the grand robes on display, there is also a modern element which includes a 1965 Yves Saint Laurent dress and clothing designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier in the 1990s. There are also shoes from over the centuries, from early eighteenth century silk shoes, right up to 1990s Nike Air Jordan trainers.
There is an admission charge of £9 for adults, £8 for concessions and £7 for children. The museum is open from 10.30 until 16.00 every day of the week, although it opens until 17.00 from March to October. There is a joint ticket available with the Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery.