From towering hairstyles and hooped petticoats to eccentric footwear and lavish fabrics, this exhibition explores cutting-edge fashion in an era renowned for its extremes.

Celebrating ten years of groundbreaking fashion exhibitions, The Georgian Edit draws together works which showcase the exuberance, playfulness and often extremes in fashion of the period. The 18th century was an era when daring and flamboyant designs brought theatre into everyday life.

The exhibition includes exquisite examples of both male and female fashion, charting some of the pivotal moments in the evolution of style, as well as highlighting the remarkable transformations which took place in the materials and methods employed. It also examines the ways in which fashion was used as a vibrant form of self-expression, as an act of rebellion, for political purposes and, often, as works of art.

Displayed throughout Fairfax House's historic interiors, The Georgian Edit promises a feast for the eyes, giving visitors the opportunity to see first-hand the remarkable skill and craftsmanship employed in the creation of these masterpieces.

Fashion18th century artYorkshire

Fairfax House

Castlegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RN

01904 655 543


Opening times

Mid Feb – 31 Dec. Tue – Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm and Sun: 11.00am – 4.00pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Monday entrance by guided tour at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Closed 24 - 26 Dec

Free entry with National Art Pass

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions and events at Fairfax House

Related exhibitions

Back to top