Romantic Fashions: Mr Darcy meets Eline Vere

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11 October 2014 - 22 March 2015

The 19th century was a special era in which many social changes occurred. Fashion played an important role because it allowed people to show what they believed in. To capture this era in fashion, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is organising a wonderful exhibition with countless gorgeous costumes and many unique accessories.

Jan Taminiau
  • Discover the impact and development of fashions in the 19th century
  • Explore how 19th-century fashions influence today’s designers

A new role for fashion

Fashion played a huge role in the 19th century. It was not just the nobles and regents who dress in finery, the ‘new rich’ also got to display their wealth. New dyes and special accessories brought colour into fashion and a new industry was born. Many of these unique pieces have been carefully restored especially for this exhibition and will be on display for the first time. Admire costumes and breathe in the atmosphere and style of Jane Eyre, Eline Vere, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Downton Abbey.

Advanced trends

Contemporary creations demonstrate how much today’s designers are influenced by 19th-century fashions. From Vivienne Westwood’s dandyism to Gaultier’s dark romanticism, fashions and trends from the 19th century are big today.

Address: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, The Hague.

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