FIFTY of fashion's most beautiful dresses will go on show at Bath's Fashion Museum on February 2, as the museum celebrates its 50th birthday. The 50 Fabulous Frocks exhibition - which took two years to create - will include iconic names such as Schiaparelli, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, in addition to contemporary labels, including Erdem and John Rocha.
"The selection of the 50 pieces has been a careful editorial process," said Fashion Museum principal curator Rosemary Harden, who compiled the showcase with fashion writer Iain R Webb. "There were some show-stoppers to be included right from the start, but other pieces came and went - and then came back again into the final exhibition object list. Some of the pieces in the show illustrate a personal wardrobe moment, while others mark an iconic moment in fashion history."
Highlights include an Yves Saint Laurent black and white ostrich feather and rhinestone ensemble, which originally belonged to legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn; a delicate cream silk evening dress from the 1820s, which is embroidered with gold metallic ribbon; and a floor-length style, inspired by a Champagne bottle, worn at a fancy dress party during the Edwardian era. The earliest piece on show dates back to the 1660, while the most recent is taken from Burberry's autumn/winter 2012-13 collection.
"We hope that 50 Frocks illustrates a slice of the Fashion Museum collection, which numbers between 80 and 1, 000,00 objects," Harden told us. "All 50 are fabulous in their own way. If you love fashion, you'll love 50 Fabulous Frocks."