Historic Dress and Textiles Collections
What do we have?
Embroideries from the 17th century and dress and accessories from the 18th century onwards. Women's late 19th and 20th century clothes are particularly well represented, as are christening gowns, patchwork quilts, samplers, smocks and fashion plates, and wedding dresses, many of which are displayed at the Red House Museum.
Textiles explore the range of fabrics and designs and methods of decoration for both clothing and domestic furnishings.
The Hampshire Story 1856-1891 and a Hampshire company’s lasting legacy
- Sack-back polonaise gown and petticoat c1770-75
- Beetle-Wing Tea-Cosy
- Boot and shoes collections
- The earliest authentic historic dresses
- Herbert Druitt: 'Costume in Brasses
- Bags collection online
- Visiting Card Cases collection online
- Fans collection online
The textiles collection numbers many small embroideries including a Jacobite needle purse of c1715 and samplers including the Fanny Adams sampler commemorating the death of a small child in Alton.
Why do we have costume and textile collections?
- To use in displays and exhibitions interpreting historic themes, and exploring past lifestyles, demonstrating skills and interests
- To provide evidence of what was worn, made and used locally
- As a reference resource for costume designers and interpreters, students of dressmaking, quilting, embroidery, and art history
Isabella Watts c1830-35, on display at Westbury Manor Museum
Heywood Sumner tapestry
Banner image (top of page) - detail from The Chace, designed by Heywood Sumner.
More about the Heywood Sumner tapestry