This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum



An exhibition of 19th-century clothing comes from Glasgow Museums’ collection of European costume.

The display explores how the invention of the sewing machine, aniline dyes, printed paper patterns, fashion magazines and department stores combined to create the fashion industry as we know it today. There is a particular focus on cities such as Glasgow, which were thriving retail centres.

Featured are rarely seen examples of womenswear, menswear and children’s clothing, including wedding dresses, evening gowns and Parisian couture. As well as revealing how such clothes were made and sold, the exhibition uncovers the stories of the people who wore them.

Free to all

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2020


Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top