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Dressing Fancy: Georgian Fancy Dress Then and Now

Come and see this pop-up exhibition all about the history of Georgian fancy dress and the legacy it leaves today.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Explore the histories of Georgian fancy dress and the legacies of it today in this free pop-up exhibition, which includes historic costume, recreated historical dress, and multi-sensory elements. Try dressing up yourself with our dress-up box, and share your opinions with us on what fancy dress means to you. This pop-up exhibition is created in collaboration with historical dress makers, experts and community partners, to explore how and why the Georgian’s dressed up.

The exhibition delves into questions such as what was it like to dress-up, what was the process of choosing, making and buying fancy dress? Where did the Georgians get inspiration from for fancy dress? Who attended the fancy balls and how did costume allow them to challenge or conform to societal norms? And where does fancy dress sit in conversations around appropriation and appreciation?

Times

The basics

Suitability

Everyone is welcome

Meeting point

Entrance is via the courtyard on Alfred Street (opposite Boston Tea Party).

What to bring and wear

The event is indoors.

Accessibility

Based on the ground floor there is level access throughout and an accessible toilet.

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