Exhibition dresses to thrill

An exhibition of creations from one of the most sought-after, ready-to-wear clothing labels of the 1940s and 1950s, Horrockses Fashions, will go on display at the National Museum of Costume at New Abbey, Dumfries on April 1.

Off the Peg: Fashion from the 40s and 50s will feature beautiful summer dresses, day dresses, evening gowns, sun suits and housecoats in a display that will capture the style of the era.

Stunning fashion photography from the brand’s high profile advertising campaigns in publications such as Vogue will also be on show, alongside print samples and fabric swatches of some of the bold, innovative designs for which the label was famous.

Horrockses Fashions’ elegant creations were desired by women everywhere due to their combination of practicality, glamour and easy care, and were chosen alongside couture dresses for the wardrobes of royals including the Queen, Princess Margaret and the Duchess of Kent.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.