Date for the Diary: 1930s Fashion Photography at the Fashion & Textile Museum

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Posted by Laurel on Sunday 22nd of July 2018

The era of glamour and Gatsby, the 1930s has long been a favourite era for fashion and now the Fashion & Textiles Museum is honouring the decade of excess with the announcement of its winter exhibition, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs.

Set to feature over 100 ensembles across nine defining themes, the showcase will take the visitor on a journey through sumptuous city tableaux, featuring over 50 examples of 1930s evening wear. Floor length gowns in satins and crepes, adorned with diamantes, will sit alongside daytime fashions from day dresses and beach pyjamas to mens suits.

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will present the most influential day and evening fashions of the decade, complemented by iconic photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, this exhibition will bring the period of great social change that was the 1930s in to sharper focus.

As if that weren’t enough of a treat for fashion fantasists, the exhibit will be accompanied by the display Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the 30s, championing the work of one of Britain’s most influential portrait photographers. With years as a contributor to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Tatler, among others, he shot some of the most notable names in fashion, film, the arts and society and though his career spanned some 50 years across painting, interior design, costume - famously designing those for the Audrey Hepburn film My Fair Lady - and more, some of his best-known works are his fashion photographs of the 1930s. Presenting some of Beaton’s most recognisable portraits, the exhibition will feature subjects such as Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn.

Both will run from 12th October to 20th January 2019, with tickets available from


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