The Royal School of Needlework’s latest exhibition celebrates one of our favourite topics here at Pretty Patches – the wonderful world of embellishments.
Drawing on the RSN’s unique textile archives, the exhibition showcases the style and versatility of embroidery and decoration from the 18th to 20th century, and includes a wide range of pieces from blouses and men’s waistcoats to purses, gloves and shoes.
Embellishment in Fashion is curated by the RSN’s Chief Executive Dr Susan Kay-Williams and Dr Clare Rose, an international expert in the history of fashion. Dr Kay-Williams says: ‘Whether a garment is covered with embroidery, affecting the complete look, or it features a scattering of beading to achieve a more subtle, elegant finish, it is wonderful to see how embroidery and embellishment have influenced fashion through the centuries.
‘We are delighted that the traditional art of embroidery is back in vogue. It is vital that the skilled techniques of hand embroidery pass on to new generations.’
The exhibition runs from 26 September to 18 March 2018 at the RSN, Hampton Court Palace. See www.royal-needlework.org.uk for details. Pre-booking is essential.
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