Wednesday, 4 February 2015

18th Century Embroidery

On my latest trip to Europe I was fortunate enough to find a couple of museums with historical fashions on the floor.

Usually historical fashions are few and far between particularly as for every few months on display they are ideally required to spend a few years in deep storage to counterbalance the impact of the light and heat on the delicate fabrics. As a result, some museums are only open when they have a temporary exhibition on.

Other historical fashion collections are not even given their own museum, but are discretely incorporated into cultural or 'time period' museums with little or no external reference even to the existence of the collection within.

On this trip I had discovered a few small references to these collections which ensured my determination to see them. I was not expecting them to cover the same field. The first exhibition was Fashion Unframed at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, and the second part of the permanent exhibition at Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice.

Both seemed to focus on the middle of the 18th century with an emphasis on the exquisite floral embroidery that decorated these fashions. 



I don't usually focus on men's fashion, but some of it is gorgeous.


I don't have the patience to undertake embroidery as beautiful as this, but perhaps even this small collection will inspire someone to discover a new hobby. 

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