Shine! – Fashion and Glamour

Evening gown from the 1990s. Photo by Misi  Kondella 

  

 

Shine! - Fashion and Glamour

Exhibition at Budapest History Museum - Kiscell Museum 

1037 Budapest, Kiscelli u. 108.

On view from 11 October 2019 to 15 March 2020

 

The tail of Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown, Hungarian showgirl Ilona Medveczky's stage dress, or USE designer pieces: they all shine and, furthermore, have different meanings. The ever-changing garments and fashion are basic tools of human communication; the need to differentiate ourselves from others is one of the main factors behind the way we dress. Fabrics, accessories, and ornaments, while attracting attention and representing values, play a crucial role in that regard. Everything that glitters, and therefore attracts the gaze, serves that purpose. As society changes, so does the purpose of use: while before the 19th century silks with metallic threads, embroidery, laces, and precious stones were to emphasize social differences, in the 20th century, they were used to make the individual stand out from the crowd, and to make the personality shine. Worn on a variety of occasions and ranging from the 18th to the 21st century, the exhibited attires also reflect the changes of society and everyday life. By relying on these aspects, the curator and head of the museum's textile collection, Judit Anna Szatmári  presents sparkly clothes in various styles from different periods of time.
 
For those mesmerized by fashion and luxury, or interested in the social landscape behind the glitz and glitter, our exhibition Shine! - Fashion and Glamour is a must-see. 
 
 

Venue: Budapest History Museum, Kiscell Museum 

1037 Budapest, Kiscelli u. 108.

On view: from 11 October 2019 to 15 March 2020

Opening hours: 1-31 October 2018, Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm ; 1 November - 28 February 2019, Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

The curator and head of the museum's textile collection, Judit Anna Szatmári