Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is currently hosting a stunnung exhibition Dressed to the Nines which displays a range of fabulous clothing worn for special occasions and explores some of the changes which have occurred during the period 1850 to the present. Of note you will see twelve garments, including an embroidered court uniform, which belonged to Neville Chamberlain, cocktail dresses by Dior and Hartnell, plus lots of shoes and a number of accessories.
Following a request for help by BMAG's Curator, five members of Arden's Heritage Volunteer team, which has worked in the museum’s conservation department for a number of years, set to with preparing the items for display, work which included some conservation and painstaking customising of the mannequins so that the costumes could be shown as originally worn. This is an exhibition not to be missed! For full information on dates, times etc click here
One of the displays with outfits prepared by the Arden volunteers. (© Birmingham Museums Trust)