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Dedicated Follower of Fashion?

Two of Bath’s most popular attractions have joined forces to offer a special ticket which is also the perfect treat for Mother’s Day on 10 March.

The Holburne Museum and Fashion Museum are offering a special ticket which grants admission to Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare and Fifty Fabulous Frocks.

The Fashion Museum, managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013 with a special display that showcases 50 of its most glamorous dresses with the wow factor! It includes delightfully curious pieces from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection of original objects, such as a Champagne Dress worn at a fancy dress party in Edwardian times. The exhibition also includes a gorgeous gold embroidered Georgian court dress and a delicate 1870s gauze bustle day dress edged with purple fringing and redolent of the paintings of Tissot.

Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum Manager, commented, “We are delighted to join together with the Holburne Museum to offer visitors a special opportunity to see both Fifty Fabulous Frocks and the Painted Pomp exhibitions. It is particularly pleasing that, in the 50th anniversary year of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum, by working in partnership with the Holburne on the Painted Pomp exhibition, we can offer visitors the opportunity to view some of our earliest treasures displayed alongside, and interpreted with, the outstanding collection of Jacobean portraits by Larkin. Suddenly, the early 17th century colourful embroidered bodice makes sense when seen alongside the portrait of Lady Dorothy Carey wearing a similar garment.”

At the Holburne one of the most important groups of Jacobean portraits in the country forms the centrepiece of the exceptional exhibition Painted Pomp. Nine sumptuous full-length portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613-18, are displayed alongside rare survivals of dress from the period with live interpretation to reveal the heights of the art and fashion of four hundred years ago, a real treat for lovers of fashion, textiles and art. On Mother’s day there will also be a celebration of music of the period with solo lute performance in the exhibition gallery at 1, 2 and 3pm.

Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne said, “It was too good an opportunity to miss, two of Bath’s most visited Museums working together when the chance arose. Our exhibition Painted Pomp brings Jacobean high art and high fashion thrillingly together and shows that the seventeenth century had its own fashion victims. The Dedicated Follower of Fashion ticket will allow everyone to indulge their inner fashionista in two of the city’s great museums.”

The Holburne is also offering a free sandalwood fan, very like one featured in the portrait of Diana Cecil, for the first 100 joint ticket holders.

The joint ticket is on sale from the Tourist Information Office in Abbey Church Yard. Adult £12, Senior £10, Student £8, Child £6, Family (2 adults) £30. Valid for 7 days.
Ring 0844 845 5256 or visit to book.

For more information on the Fashion Museum visit and the Holburne Museum

After your visit to the Fashion Museum, why not complete your special Mother’s Day with Sparkling Afternoon Tea at the Assembly Rooms café, including a glass of Prosecco, cream tea, smoked salmon sandwiches and pot of tea. Available both Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March. Cost is £15, book in advance by emailing or ring 01225 444477.


Published on: 04/03/2013