European Costume 1800-1899 at Kelvingrove

European Costume exhibition at Kelvingrove.

We found the European Costume exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery fascinating talking about how they made colours, the reasons for wearing colour and seeing all the beautiful fabrics. It took you through the journey of costume and colour from 1800-1899. It showed a very important period in the history of Glasgow and the West of Scotland as a leading textile manufacturing region.

Seeing the invention of sewing machines, aniline dyes and paper patterns which helped revolutionise the fashion industry allowing for mass production of garments.

Fascinating reading about the fact that if you were in mourning you had to wear black for the first year, then patterned black and then moving onto purples. The dresses show the different stages. Purple was also the first synthetic dye – aniline dyes. Synthetic dyes meant that colour was no longer dependent on budget.

Green was the hardest colour to dye for clothing. Reds were seen as regal and for hunting.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow

You forget how wonderful the art gallery is and we loved wondering round the galleries after the exhibition. The building is full of pattern inspiration and I have shared a few photos.

From the wonderful ornate main entrance hall, the ethnic costumes, many wonderful paintings, mackintosh rooms through to the Floating Heads installation by Sophie Cave there is something for everyone to feel inspired by here. A must visit in Glasgow, Scotland.