From sculpting cloth to resemble flower heads and weaving blooms into dress fabrics, to printing or applying them in the form of embroidery, designers of dress and textiles have long used flowers in their work.

The fleeting beauty and unending complexity of the flower has been a constant inspiration, resulting in fashion pieces of huge visual appeal and endless variety.

This exhibition will feature gorgeous garments selected from the Olive Matthews Collection, including men’s, women’s, children’s dress and accessories from the 18th century to the present day. There will be beautiful examples of woven, printed, embroidered and sculpted blooms, displayed in the fashion gallery.

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FashionTextiles18th century artSouth East

Chertsey Museum

The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AT

01932 565764


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Tuesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Saturday 11am to 4pm

Please note from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 we will be closed to the public.

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