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Once upon a Time at York Castle Museum

Join History Wardrobe on Wednesday 6 May for a dazzling display of Fairytale Fashion.

Once upon a time Lucy Adlington of The History Wardrobe planned a magical evening exploring Fairytale Fashion at York Castle Museum.

On Wednesday 6 May from 6-7pm guests can step into their favourite stories as they enter a world of wonderful clothes and well-loved tales.

Explore the history of the princess dress as well as other iconic magical fashion favourites including Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers and Little Red Riding Hood’s cape.

There will also be a grand unveiling of a pure silk 18th-century replica ball gown for Cinderella that has been commissioned especially for the event, hand-stitched by Meridith Towne of History Wardrobe, who will be dressing as Cinderella for the event.

Lucy Adlington said:

“We wanted to try something a bit different and the history behind the fairytale dress and other fairytale fashion is incredibly interesting.

We have carried out extensive research- much of which was spent looking through York Museums Trust’s fantastic costume collection- to make a reproduction of the beautiful Cinderella Dress which will be the highlight of the evening.

Working with an 18th century ribbon embroidery specialist and an 18th century historical footwear specialist we have tried to make the dress more historically accurate than you might see in recent films but we have still added a touch of magic!”

The evening, aimed at adults and older children, will look at popular fairytale fashion and explore how fairytale dresses have impacted on the modern world with vintage wedding dresses from the 1950’s and the 1980’s on display as well as an 18th century silk skirt that guests will be able to handle.

This History Wardrobe provide delightful costume-in-context presentations across the UK, covering 250 years of history.


Tickets are £8. To book a place please contact York Museums Trust on 01904 697979.

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