Last weekend I went to Riviera Style, an exhibition on swimwear and resort wear at the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s one of my favourite museums and I go to nearly every exhibition. Although it’s a relatively small museum, it never gets too crowded and it’s the perfect size for me as I tend to get exhibition fatigue after an hour.
The exhibits were fascinating, ranging from itchy woollen one pieces to the first modern swimsuits and glamorous beach pyjamas. It showcased fashionable styles worn at the British seaside and the Côte d’Azur. I love these bright swim hats.
Play suits were popular too. The rose print one comes with a matching pleated skirt. Aren’t the prints adorable.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a few vintage sun dresses in the exhibition. The purple dress is by Horrocks and the halter neck dress has a postcard print on it. Costumes go right up to the present day with swimwear worn by athletes at the last Olympics. The was also a mankini. Who knew that it was originally designed for a woman!
The next exhibition is Liberty in fashion which charts the history of the makers of the famous tana lawn. I can’t get enough of the stuff and am a big fan of the store, so will definitely be going to that one. If you want to catch Riviera Style, it’s on till mid September.