Fashion is looking good at museum

Some of the clothes on display at Bailiffgate Museum
Some of the clothes on display at Bailiffgate Museum

A new exhibition is on display at an Alnwick attraction.

Bailiffgate Museum is celebrating women’s fashion from the Tudor Times through to the Swinging Sixties with its Do I Look Good In This? exhibition.

On show until May, it offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to dress up in costumes from different periods of time.

From wedding dresses to miniskirts, French knickers to evening dresses, hats and bags – there is something to interest everyone.

Unlike most museum exhibitions, the vast majority of items on display have come from the community and not the museum’s archives.

Museum volunteer Hilary Waugh said: “We asked people if they had any interesting items of clothing hidden away at home, and to our surprise, lots of people brought in a wide array of exciting little treasures. We have dresses from the Second World War, Victorian wedding gowns, dresses from the 1950s and even vintage flapper dresses from the 1920s.”

Roy Bearpark, operations manager, added: “We are absolutely astounded with the wonders that people have kept hidden away, in some cases, for over 100 years. The exhibition team has worked tirelessly steaming, pinning, dressing and fitting every mannequin with its fabulous outfit, and we hope this fascinating display will entertain and enthrall all our visitors.”