Fashion

Court shoes of ‘Mrs Broughton Rowse’, in kid leather with silk rosettes, c.1790s.

The story of silk, which connected the world with a thread.

The two-piece swimsuit was unveiled on 5 July 1946.

Contrasting the 'deformed' waist with that of the uncorseted one, from Health Made Easy for Young People, 1845.

During the late 18th century the physical effects of tuberculosis became the ideals of beauty for the fashionable woman.

Cecil Beaton, self-portrait, c.1928

The photographer, designer and aesthete Cecil Beaton brought a distinctly historical awareness to the realm of fashion.

1920s marbled men’s shoe

Beatrice Bazell gets a first glimpse at an exhibition devoted to the history of the shoe.

The founder of the eponymous cosmetics company died on April 1st, 1965. 

The Haberdasher Dandy, by Thomas Tegg and C.Williams, 1818.

The world of shopping in Georgian London offered an array of retail experiences for women in pursuit of the ultimate in fashionable clothing, every bit as sophisticated as those open to the 21st-century shopper.

Glad hands: a pair of late 15th-century knitted silk and gold-thread gloves.

The beginnings of fashion are often traced to the courts and cities of medieval southern Europe. Should we be looking further north?

Scents; cosmetics; essences: D.C.S. Wiltshire finds that enormous variety for the unguents were produced in fashionable Roman world.

In the Elizabethan Age feminine extravagance was often satirised by English dramatists and poets. During the seventeenth century, writes Brenda Gourgey, it rose to even more fantastic heights.