The Contemporary Fashion collection at National Museums NI vividly captures how quickly dress styles evolve and change. The museum’s collection in this area continues to develop with the purchase each year of work by international designers and examples from chain store brands.
The collection includes work by designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Gucci and Vivienne Westwood. These pieces sit alongside high street names like Topshop, & Other Stories, and New Look in order to show the many ways people aspire to, and acquire, the latest fashions.
The contemporary collection reflects a broad range of street style from the mid -1970s to present day. The outfits and accessories trace the recent history of Ulster as both a maker and consumer of everyday fashions. It includes -
• A collection of objects and archival material from the Berkshire Hosiery company, formerly of Newtownards, County Down.
• A collection of over 300 boxed items of womens’ underwear, shop stock dating from the mid-1970s to late 1990s.
• A collection of over 400 patterns for home dressmaking 1960 -1995, illustrating everyday fashions for men, women and children.
The Contemporary Fashion Collection at National Museums is a great source of reference for researchers and students at all levels of interest.