Find out about: Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
Totnes Fashions and Textiles Museum houses the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, which contains clothing for men, women and children from the eighteenth century to the twentyfirst century.
A themed exhibition, which is changed annually, is displayed in the most intact Tudor Merchant's House in Totnes.
Find us directly opposite the market square.
We are open when the marionnettes are dancing.
There is no wheelchair access to the exhibition which is on the first floor.
Toilets and several cafes close by.
Exhibitions and Projects
Corsets and Crinolines
19 May 15 to 02 Oct 15
Our Next Event
Snappy Fashion a photographic competition
When: 19 August 2015 to 04 September 2015
Where: Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum, Bogan House, High Street Totnes
Snappy Fashion A photographic competition organized by Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum Totnes is known for its colourful characters and its individual dress sense. Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum challenges you to take a photograph of any aspect of Totnes Fashion. Bring your prints to the museum by Friday 11th September. We will display them as they come in and will award two best in show prizes – one for over 16s and one for under 16s. Photos should be A5 approximately with your name and contact details on the back. Please state whether you are under or over 16. You can find Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bogan House, 43 High St (opposite the market square). It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 5pm but if it is shut just put your photo in an envelope marked Totnes Fashion Competition and post it through the letterbox. Alternatively you can email them to us firstname.lastname@example.org While at the museum why not visit our 2015 exhibition “Corsets and Crinolines”. Happy Snapping!
The whole collection includes clothing for men, women and children from the 18th century to the end of 20th century - from outer wear, day and evening wear, uniforms, shoes and lingerie.
Each annual exhibition contains 50 outfits from the collection with complementary accessories.
The Collection holds five silk gowns dating between c1760 and c1785. We have early cotton gowns from the end of this century. The Collection holds a couple of eighteenth century men's suits and a large number of embroidered men's waistcoats, some including metal thread and sequins or €śspangles€ť.
The Collection holds both formal and informal men's and women's wear including mourning dress wedding dress, uniform and court dress. There are even some sports clothes of the period. There are also a small number of children's and babies' clothes of this period in the Collection. Early in the century cotton is the primary material for the construction of female garments. Later, at about the time of crinoline style garments, silk and wool are re-introduced.
The Collection holds a full range of garments from this period for men, women and children. A particular strength of the collection is 1920s and 1930s evening dresses and includes a coat of printed silk velvet by Mariano Fortuny. The men's collection includes uniforms from all three services.
Accessories include millinery, shawls, shoes, stockings, bags, parasols, fans, furs and gloves. The earliest item in the Collection is a pair of kid gloves of c1650 with wide gauntlets and heavily embroidered in silver.
Many garments are of interest because of the fabric from which they are made as well as for their style. Of particular interest are a collection of printed textiles made by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher before World War Two and a group of designs by local textile printer Susan Bosence. Efforts are made to collect all types of textiles in use for garment making up to the present day.
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Admission & Prices
Opening days and times
Tuesday to Friday inclusive
19th May to 2nd October 2015
11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm);
Outside these times and during October by prior appointment.
Guided tour groups £3-50 per person
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Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
43 High Street
Totnes, DEVON TQ9 5NP