This month Worcester Cathedral is hosting Dressed for Drama, a new exhibition of some thirty-five period outfits from British television and film. Demelza’s yellow striped dress and Ross’s blue velvet high-collared jacket, mustard coloured breeches and waistcoat make up the Poldark display.
This exhibition gives those who love the clothes in period dramas a great opportunity to admire the craftsmanship and work that goes in to making an outfit. The costumes from Poldark will be alongside those from Wolf Hall, Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge to name but a few.
The costumes are displayed in the stunning early 12th Century Chapter house, where visitors are able to get up close to the costumes to see the designs, embroidery and craftsmanship that they have enjoyed on screen.
The exhibition is exclusive to Worcester Cathedral and has been devised, created and organised by a small in-house team. Some of the thirty five period costumes from London costumiers have never been on public display before and include clothes worn by actors from productions such as the Bafta winning Wolf Hall and Oscar nominated The Danish Girl.
Dressed for Drama has been designed and arranged to put on a spectacular event for summer visitors and to help raise funds for the Cathedral. A number of individuals and companies have kindly sponsored a costume. Visitors who have already viewed the exhibition have commented on how beautiful the costumes are, how the hand stitched detail is amazing and what a great experience the exhibition is.
Actress Zoe Richards who played Jenny Dolly in the last series of Mr Selfridge helped to launch the exhibition. Cathedral Operational Manager Susan MacLeod said “We were delighted that Zoe was able to join our celebrations and cut the red ribbon officially opening Dressed for Drama. It’s been really special to have had an actor here who actually wore one of the costumes. The Dolly sisters outfits are stunning.”
Dressed for Drama runs to 29 August, 2016. Tickets cost £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children with family tickets available for £15.00.
Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most interesting with great tales and the tombs of King John and Prince Arthur (Henry VIII’s older brother).
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