Samples of some of the handkerchiefs on display

Vintage Handkerchiefs

Exhibited from 6 – 21 April, 2013

An exhibition of handkerchiefs from the private collection of Marion Mitchell

A Special Spring Exhibition in Support of the Walled Garden Project.

This delightful spring exhibition shows handkerchiefs spanning the decades of the 1920s to the 1960s, all from the private collection of local artist Marion Mitchell. Marion bought her first ‘vintage’ handkerchief in the late 1960s at Leicester Flea market.

Marion was studying Fashion and Textiles at the local art college and was fascinated by the vibrant colours and patterns of the elegant printed fabric squares. Over the years, she built up a beautiful and eclectic collection, full of vivid and varied colours, motifs and designs which echo the changing fashions of decades past.

Marion Mitchell is showing her unique collection for the first time ever to support the Walled Garden Project. Admission fees will go towards enabling a spectacular array of flowers to be grown in the garden of the future. Help raise much-needed funds for this exciting project – pay a visit and invite your friends to come along too! £2 entry also includes the chance to win a designer vintage handkerchief and other prizes…

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