Fashion’s top 100 in Bath

Considering it is owned and run by the local authority – which isn’t exactly flush for extra cash at present – Bath’s Fashion Museum has just carried out an impressive  refurbishment and re-modelling of what is one of the world’s great museum collections of historic and contemporary dress.

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New lighting, colour scheme and display cases are now helping to promote a headline exhibition which opens on Saturday, March 19th.

It’s called A History of Fashion in 100 Objects – and they are all star exhibits chosen from a collection of almost 100,000 objects in total.


Leading the team charged with selecting the items – many of them never on public display before – is Manager Rosemary Harden – herself celebrating 25 years at the Fashion Museum this year.

In case you haven’t already visited – you’ll find Bath’s Fashion Museum in the basement at The Assembly Rooms – near The Circus and Royal Crescent. It’s where it has been housed since 1963.


It was founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city of Bath.

The Fashion Museum is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council and is managed by the Heritage Services section.