43 High Street
Tel: 01803 862857
c/o Alison Alexander, Assistant Curator
The Museum houses the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, a charitable trust, which holds several thousands of items of dress for women, men and children dating from c1650 to the end of the 20th century.
It is located in one of the most intact Tudor merchant’s houses in Tones (in the centre of the Tudor “Butterwalk”) and shows a new, themed exhibition each summer of about 50 outfits.Each exhibition endeavours to demonstrate the social history associated with the garments as well as the fashion, design and technology illustrated by the clothing. Some exhibitions examine a narrow period of time in detail, while others take a recurring theme and follow its evolution over time.
This year’s 2011 exhibition “INNOVATION” looks at some of the discoveries and technological developments which have changed the possibilities of dress. The exhibition begins with the microscope which brought botanical realism to 18th century embroidery patterns and closes with a view of a garment made of a fabric created from recycled “Evian” water bottles which is cut out and patterned by lasers and seamed using ultra sound.