Five things to do in February
The Fashion Museum, Bath 3 February–28 April 2019
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The fashions of four royal women – Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret – come under the spotlight in Bath this month in an exhibition that explores the sartorial lives and tastes of each of these influential women.
The exhibition will examine how the monarchical role played by each woman – none of whom were regnant – was reflected in their fashion choices, as well as their influence on wider clothing styles.
Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII, favoured chokers and high necklines – a fashion that was adopted by many British women. However, the style of Queen Mary (wife of George V, and queen consort during the First World War) changed little during her lifetime, despite the transformation in fashions seen during the first half of the 20th century.
Among the items on show is a tartan silk evening dress from c1870, thought to have been worn by Alexandra to a function at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The dress went missing after the queen’s death in 1925 but mysteriously reappeared in a vintage shop in the 1930s. Also on show is a dress and cape of gold lamé and turquoise cut velvet belonging to Queen Mary and worn to the future Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding in 1947.
This tartan silk evening dress, thought to have been worn by Queen Alexandra, went missing in 1925 before reappearing in a vintage shop