Archive | Past Exhibitions

MADE IN BRITAIN Walsh Trainers

Display Dates: 31 January – 17 May 2014
‘Made in Britain’ traces the unique history of Walsh trainers, currently the only wholly British owned, designed and manufactured sports footwear brand. Spanning over 50 years, the history of Walsh also illustrates how performance sportswear has become a fashion staple.

Norman Walsh began making shoes in 1945 at the age of fourteen for J.W. Foster & Sons. A talented craftsman, he created footwear for the British Olympic team in 1948, with Alastair McCorquodale winning the relay medal in JW Foster Deluxe spikes made by the man himself.

An exploration of the history of British-made trainers, this new display is a powerful reminder of the country’s manufacturing history and its incredible potential. A diverse collection of vintage shoes, photographs, archive correspondence and brochures is combined with manufacturing details and fashion images to give exclusive insights on the historical relationship between sport and style.


The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

Exhibition Dates: 20 September 2013 – 11 January 2014
Bellville Sassoon has been synonymous with high fashion for over 50 years. As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany, dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales. This exhibition traces the history of British glamour from the couture houses of the late 1950s, to the celebrities who became clients of the company. It also explores the influence of ready-to-wear and Vogue patterns.

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