Style and Substance: Fashion, Society, Change 1880-1930s

Items from Style and Substance exhibition


From the elaborate dresses of the 1880s to chunky knits in the 1930s, we explore how British style, for men and women, evolved during a time of major social, political and cultural change.

Find out about the phantom bustle of the 1880s and dangerous accessories of the 1900s. Compare the practical clothing of World War I to the flimsy but fabulous flapper styles of the 1920s, and enjoy the relaxed and glamorous fashions of the 1930s.

Look out for an additional new display of World War 1 style soldiers' gloves, knee pads, scarves and eye patches made by the Knit Wits.

Style and Substance Leaflet

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Supported by the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.








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