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Fabulous dresses show

To celebrate its 50th birthday, Bath's Fashion Museum is showcasing 50 important designer dresses dating from 1660 through to the present day.

Dubbed the "greatest hits," the 50 Fabulous Frocks exhibition is two years in the making and carries pieces that "mark an iconic moment in fashion history," including creations by design legends Poiret, Vionnet, and Schiaparelli to modern day masters Ossie Clark, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Comme des Garcons.

Curator Rosemary Harden said: "A black and white ostrich feather and a rhinestone two-piece ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent that belonged to prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn is stunning, especially as she wore it to party with Rudolf Nureyev on the dance floor of a New York nightclub in the 1960s.

"Another highlight is a delicate cream silk net evening dress from the late 1820s embroidered all over with gold metallic strip ribbon, which highlights a change in the fashionable silhouette and at nearly 200 years old would still be a show-stopper on any red carpet today."

The exhibition opens on February 2, in the meantime, take a look at some of the stunning dresses in the gallery below...

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Bath Fashion Museum

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