100 Years of Women’s Fashion

Twelve evening outfits created between 1900 and 2000 are currently on display at Sudley House, highlighting changes to women’s role in society in that period, and examining how social changes were reflected in fashion.

A 1920s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)

Twelve evening outfits created between 1900 and 2000 are currently on display at Sudley House, highlighting changes to women’s role in society in that period, and examining how social changes were reflected in fashion.

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Among the items on display is a stunning evening dress dating from 1907–09, complete with lace detail and decorated with jet beads and sequins.

20th Century Chic: 100 Years of Women’s Fashion is on display at Sudley House, Aigburth, Liverpool, until 31 March 2013 and admission is free. Find out more at the Sudley House website.

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(All images © National Museums Liverpool)

An early 20th century evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1911-1913
An early 20th century evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress, cotton velvet, silk, lace decorated with jet beads and sequins about 1907-1909
A 1920s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1925-1928
A 1930s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress, 1930
A 1940s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1945-1950
A 1950s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1955-1960
A 1960s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress, 1966
A 1960s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1967-1970
A 1970s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1972
A 1970s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1973-1977
A 1980s evening dress. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Evening dress 1984 (back)
A 1990s evening skirt. (© National Museums Liverpool)
Skirt 1998