Join design historian and guest curator of the exhibition, Dr Christine Boydell for a special tour of RIVIERA STYLE Resort & Swimwear Since 1900. A rare opportunity to learn more about exhibition highlights, with behind-the scenes details about how the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition has been brought together.

Dr Boydell, whose scholarly research for the Horrockses Fashions exhibition led to a national resurgence of interest in the brand, sheds new light on the relationship with swimwear, beachwear and the body. Before the 1920s swimming costumes were for bathing, but the subsequent trend for sunbathing led to a radical change in the design of swimsuits and beach attire. As the exhibition shows, by the 1930s men’s and women’s suits had cut away sections and later two-piece models became popular.

From Edwardian bathing dresses to barely there Lycra, the tour takes in the following exhibition sections: Exhibition sections include: Bathing Beauties 1900–20; Cling, Bag, Stretch 1920–40; Mould and Control 1940–60; The Body Beautiful 1960–90; and, Second Skin 1990–present day. The exhibition delves into the extensive archives at Leicestershire County Council, private collections, fashion magazines and trade journals for original source material.

* Free with exhibition entry. Limited to 20 places. Booking recommended

Tickets: £8.80 adults / £6.60 concessions / £5.50 students
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