Pleating and Draping in Fashion

This exhibition examines beautiful examples of pleating and drapery in women’s fashions from the Olive Matthews Collection at Chertsey Museum. Themed sections relating to wealth and status, ancient influences, decorative appeal and practical pleating and draping allow the exploration this subject from all angles. Hands on interactives and visual media also feature. Garments date from the 18th century to the 2000s and will include a beautiful evening gown by Madame Grès, pieces by Issey Miyake, Mariano Fortuny, Balmain and Ossie Clark as well as a rare and lavish Aesthetic tea gown by Liberty of London. The collection’s important 1780 wedding ensemble, featuring dress, petticoat, hat and shoes is also included.

While the museum is closed, a virtual exhibition may be found on the museum’s website.