Image © Kate Plumtree

Worn to be Wild

Kate Plumtree

Exhibited from 16 July - 29 August, 2011

A vibrant exhibition of fashion through the ages inspired by the wildlife of Britain.

The Museum in the Park is delighted to host an unusual contemporary costume exhibition by Kate Plumtree, costume maker and creative textile artist.

The collection of 17 costumes in this exhibition are inspired by British wild birds and mammals, including many familiar creatures you might encounter in the grounds and woodlands of Stratford Park.

Visitor comments in the opening weekend include: "Absolutely amazing, never seen it before" & "One visit is not enough - I'll be back!"

The costumes also represent the evolution of period dress, giving a quirky and fascinating insight into the history of fashion. From a medieval deer to a contemporary hedgehog, each costume has been carefully designed and constructed by observing the movement, character, habitat and style of each creature. Look out for an elegant 18th Century ‘Mute Swan’, a dramatic 1930s ‘Golden Eagle’ and many other stunning creations.

The exhibition is accompanied by special holiday workshops for children and young people and family drop in activities. Discover fashion through the ages and try on some fabulous outfits in the dressing up area!

Using a range of authentic materials and techniques reminiscent of each period, Kate manipulates fabric to emulate the colour, texture and form of each creature, employing techniques such as dyeing, printing, painting and quilting.

Large scale location photography taken by the artist in each creature’s natural environment, as well as fabric samples, are presented alongside Kate’s sketchbooks which reveal each costume’s design and construction in step by step photographs.

Did you know?

It may be possible for you to exhibit at the Museum.

Please click here for more information on the exhibition selection process.


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