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.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

0141 276 9599


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Mon – Thu and Sat, 10am – 5pm
Fri and Sun, 11 – am – 5pm

Closed 25 – 26 Dec, 1 – 2 Jan and from 12.30pm on 31 Dec

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