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Frocks: Dress and Accessories from the Museum Collection
- 04 November 2016
NEW EXHIBITION - 5 November 2016 - 15 April 2017.
Take a look at a century of style from the amazingly structured garments worn during the Victorian period to the swirling designs of the swinging 60s. Dazzling 1920s beaded dresses shown alongside the much loved Singer sewing machines take centre stage in this exhibition, revealing how fashion, shape and style have changed over time. See how the clothing of the 1930s was influenced by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and how people individualised their outfits during the shortages of the Second World War.
Featuring dresses from Touchstones’ museum collection that have never previously been displayed, the show reveals the stories of some of the people who wore them. Highlights include an Ossie Clarke design from the early 1970s and a recently conserved blue Victorian wedding dress. As well as clothing, a selection of striking accessories such as shoes, jewellery, handbags and hats are featured in the exhibition.
The exhibition includes a project the museum team have been working on with a group from Manchester Metropolitan University and a short film showing what goes on behind the scenes to get the dresses prepared for display.
We have a series of adult craft workshops linked to the exhibition listed below:
Lino Printed Tote Bags
Saturday 12 November 2016
Join Karen Vine and Trish Cartner to make your very own fabric printing block to create a lovely tote-bag. Learn how to carve your very own design into lino before printing it onto a canvas tote bag.
Saturday 10 December 2016
Produce vibrant patterns and beautiful pictures using the traditional technique of silk painting. Learn how to stretch the silk on the frame, mix and apply silk paints, outline your designs and other special effects.
Needle Felt Brooch
Saturday 14 January 2017
Create your very own needle felt brooch with our craft expert Sharon Shaul. You’ll learn how to felt merino fibres into different designs and shapes to create a beautiful unique pin.
Saturday 11 February 2017
Using a specially crafted punch needle join local artist Shaista Nazir and have a go at the relief embroidery technique of Burr Wali, a traditional Pakistani textiles craft.
Textile Coin Purse
Saturday 11 March 2017
Join artist Alison Cooper to create your own small textile coin purse. Using simple sewing techniques you will create a clasp purse to take away on the day. No sewing skills necessary.
Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
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