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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Costume Trail Until Summer 2018 | Worthing, West Sussex


orthing Museum and Art Gallery has been celebrating its extensive costume collection - which is the third largest in the country – with an exciting first-of-its-kind costume trail which sees displays spread across the whole town. From sumptuous 19th Century dress to the glamour of the 1930s, to fabulous 1970s fashion, there’s a diverse range of marvellous accessorised costumes on display which will surprise and delight. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year helped the West Sussex museum to launch the trail, which presents items from the costume archive in state-of-the-art glass cases in nine popular, diverse venues across Worthing.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Curator Gerry Connolly explained how the idea to take pieces from the collection outside of the walls of the museum while also including the local community began; ‘In the time I’ve been here the idea of taking the costumes out of the museum and displaying around the town has come up quite a few times. We are very conscious of the fact that we have this amazing collection and limited display space’. With over 30,000 pieces in the museum’s collection selecting the garments for display has been a huge undertaking, and the second phase of the trail is now in place with nine new historical dresses being added, as well as an original 1930’s Chanel dress which is on display at the museum. The 1932 Chanel Evening

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