COSTUME

Hope House Costume Museum has over 1,000 items of original costume for women, men and children, including a huge collection of bridal wear. 

 

Browse just some of Notty's favourite pieces below.

BEADED DRESS c.1925
BEADED DRESS c.1925

Evening gowns of the 1920s often consisted of two garments, a contrasting underdress would have added a striking new dimension to this dress. The sleeves show off the dancer's arms and black beads are used to indicate a low waistline and soften the silhouette. The transparent chiffon is embroidered heavily with pink and silver beads. A beaded neck piece is worn around the neck, a popular accessory in the 1920s.

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TABARD STYLE DRESS 1920s
TABARD STYLE DRESS 1920s

The Roaring Twenties, with its unfitted, drop-waistline dresses, sprinkled with beads, fringes and feathers, it was fashion dictated by the rhythm of the Charleston. The 1920s saw the hemline rise and lower, scalloped, pointed and layered; this black silk chiffon evening frock is encrusted with jet beads, it has no fastenings, as many 1920s dresses were simply slip-on. The low hemline on this dress suggests it could be from the late 1920s when it dropped from almost knee-length in 1926.

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ROBE DE STYLE c.1926
ROBE DE STYLE c.1926

In contrast to the drop-waistline dresses, a more romantic and feminine shape also existed in the 1920s, a fuller skirt, supported by panniers worn at the hips, gave a silhouette inspired by the 18th century. Made from peach panne velvet, the skirt is decorated with appliqué velvet flowers. This dress was worn by Bella Hall in 1926, when attending a dinner at Berkely Square Hotel, she later contracted and died of influenza aged just 21, this dress and some other items were donated to the Museum

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