I don’t often cross the Thames without a good reason.
This time, the reason this time was that I wanted to visit the Riviera Style Resort and Swimwear since 1900 at The Fashion and Textile Museum.
I’ve always like old posters and beachwear so I really was looking forward to seeing this exhibition.
The museum is small but the exhibition is interesting. We can really see how design, fabric and attitude to exposing the body have changed since the late 19th century.
Initially, there were beaches reserved for men and beaches reserved for women and while men often swam naked, women had to be completely covered. Going to the beach was seen as a privilege until the paid holidays were introduced. Then, the beachwear and swimwear design has evolved very quickly.
If you’re hungry or thirsty at the end of the exhibition, you will definitely find your happiness at the pop-up café inspired by the stylish spirit of the South of France.
The next exhibition promises to be as interesting as this one: Liberty in Fashion, from 9 October 2015 to 28 February 2016
Riviera Style Resort and Swimwear since 1900, until 13 September 2015
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am–6pm (8pm on Thursday)
Fashion and Textile Museum in London
83 Bermondsey St
London SE1 3XF