The catsuit that Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams wore at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will go on display at the Fashion Museum in a display Sport and Fashion, opening in Bath on 4 February 2012.
In the year of the 2012 Olympics, this special display at the Fashion Museum in Bath will examine the close connection between active sportswear and fashion by showcasing examples of historic sportswear from the museum collection alongside modern fashions and the very best of today’s sportswear.
Fashion has continually borrowed from sport, both in fabric and cut as well as the look and styling of garments, and the display will also incorporate work by up-to-the-minute fashion designers who have been inspired by active sportswear, including Pam Hogg who has created second skin stage-wear for pop star Jessie J.
Historic highlights will include a cream wool suit with red and blue stripes worn by a member of the Park Tobogganing Club in London in the 1880s, and also beautifully tailored Victorian century riding habits. There will be monogrammed cream silk tennis dresses from the 1920s, and swimsuits and swimming costumes for men and for women. All are part of the Fashion Museum’s world-famous collection of historic dress.
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