AboutA fabulous fashion exhibition of some of the most beautiful outfits from Ulster Museum’s permanent collection, including two incredibly significant recent donations on display for the first time: a silk satin wedding dress dating from 1896 and a magnificent and historically important court dress with train from dating from 1911.
All of the pieces in this exhibition are from the 1870s to the 1910s. This relatively peaceful period in Western Europe is often known as La Belle Époque - “the beautiful era.
During this time the fashionable female figure was subject to more fluctuations than had ever been seen before. The means used to achieve various silhouettes - from crinolines to corsets, bustles to migrating bust lines – all explored here.