5 October 2022

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Definitely worth a visit. Beautifully arranged with rich examples of children's wear from early 1800s right up to date. 

For a long time children wore what their parents wore. Boys like their and girls like their mother. The 1914 outfits on the left are a perfect example of that. The child's dress is attributed to Jeanne Lanvin. 

Top right a 1980s Libertys cotton smock.                                      Sailorsuits. Le costume marin.        

               From the 1960s to the 2000s, childrens clothes became brighter and easier to wash and to wear                               
The baby and toddler clothes in this case date from 1900 to a/w 2022. Plus ça change...                          
As time passed, children were dressed as children. Occasionally as in the two 1950s summer frocks below, as a 'mini mummy'.

A display of adapted, altered and recycled children's clothes.


The final selection of clothes demonstrated how special occasions require special clothes. And very often, special clothes are the ones that are kept and cherished. So here are children's clothes worn to christenings, weddings and confirmations.


Lets not forget the final item...shoes.

7 March 2022

Costume and Commemoration. Royal Jubilees Remembered


Costume and Commemoration

 Royal Jubilees Remembered

Opens March 2022 until March 2023.

The first new costume display since the pandemic is now open at Henfield Museum, BN5 9DB West Sussex.

Designed as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and her Platinum Jubilee, there are photos, memorabilia and of course costumes.
Items from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 are on show along with souvenirs from the 1935 Silver Jubilee of George V. Plus glimpses of Queen Elizabeth II‘s Coronation in 1953, and her Jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012.

20 September 2021


 Dior Museum Grandville France

Exposition en cours....


Always a pleasure to visit this lovely childhood home of M. Dior. Not only is the museum a full of exquisite Dior creations, but the grounds are spectacular. The current exhibition has roses in the title and there are lots of roses in the gardens.

The House of Dior has had many different skilled people at the helm since Christian Diors untimely death in 1957, but the quality, charm and beauty of the clothes remains unchanged.

Starting on the ground floor, here are some photos from my visit last week......

Up the splendid staircase to the first floor and a stunning case of dusty pink costumes. 

The sheer sculptural style of this....


Then the sharp jewel tones of these..

Look at the black roses on the floor of this case...

Swirls and swoops and fluid shapes.

And finally the second floor and more dusty pink and miniature examples of classic styles.

And the man himself in 1949

It is an enchanting museum. Exquisite clothes. Very well signed and beautifully designed displays. 
The English guide is well translated and very comprehensive. 
The staff are always pleasant and the shop is a delight.

Et un merci spécial à la charmante dame de la boutique qui m'a dit le mot français 'scénographie'. Je l'ai encore utilisé aujourd'hui !

A la prochaine ......