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"Unveiling the Timeless Artistry: A Journey through Costume" Step into a world of Gypsy Splendour as Laura Knight's brushstrokes bring Elsie on Hassan to life

Background imageCostume Collection: Gypsy Splendour - Laura Knight

Gypsy Splendour - Laura Knight
Oil on Canvas 101.6 x 76.2

Background imageCostume Collection: The story of John Merrick, played by David Bowie in the stage production of The Elephant

The story of John Merrick, played by David Bowie in the stage production of The Elephant Man. Booth Theatre on Broadway, New York. 18th September 1980

Background imageCostume Collection: Elsie on Hassan - Laura Knight

Elsie on Hassan - Laura Knight
Oil on Canvas 68.6 x 76.2

Background imageCostume Collection: MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

Background imageCostume Collection: Major John Dade, of Tannington, Suffolk, Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788, British

Major John Dade, of Tannington, Suffolk, Thomas Gainsborough, 1727-1788, British

Background imageCostume Collection: MAUD POWELL (1868-1920). American violinist

MAUD POWELL (1868-1920). American violinist

Background imageCostume Collection: Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922

Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
Two young men and three young ladies posed with surf boards on the beach at Perranporth. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageCostume Collection: ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor

ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor. Photographed with his horse Trigger
ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). N© Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor. Photographed with his horse Trigger

Background imageCostume Collection: Plague doctor, 17th century artwork

Plague doctor, 17th century artwork
Plague doctor. 17th century artwork titled Doktor Schnabel von Rom (Beak Doctor from Rome). The text is in Latin. The costumes bronze mask contained aromatic herbs and reduced exposure to bad air

Background imageCostume Collection: Gold mask of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Gold mask of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageCostume Collection: Comedian Roy Chubby Brown wearing colourful suit July 1993

Comedian Roy Chubby Brown wearing colourful suit July 1993

Background imageCostume Collection: LAUREL AND HARDY. Stan Laurel (left) and Oliver Hardy

LAUREL AND HARDY. Stan Laurel (left) and Oliver Hardy

Background imageCostume Collection: Victorian London OP15919

Victorian London OP15919
Cloth Fair, London. The Old Dick Whittington public house at 24 Cloth Fair viewed from Middle Street. Photographed by Augustin Rischgitz, London Stereoscopic Company Limited in the 1890s

Background imageCostume Collection: Krishna and Rada statues in Bhaktivedanta Manor ISKCON (Hare Krishna) temple

Krishna and Rada statues in Bhaktivedanta Manor ISKCON (Hare Krishna) temple, Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCostume Collection: Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
The four fishermen are, from left to right: James Curtis (grandfather of Emma Oliver), Jack Langmaid, William Rowe and William Oliver

Background imageCostume Collection: Players Please: Sailor, 1955

Players Please: Sailor, 1955
Players Navy Cut small rectangular counter card. The background is yellow with a cream edge. In the centre is the head and shoulders of a sailor with " H Ms EXCELLENT" on his hatband

Background imageCostume Collection: WOLFMAN, 1941. Lon Chaney, Jr. in the title role of The Wolfman, 1941

WOLFMAN, 1941. Lon Chaney, Jr. in the title role of The Wolfman, 1941

Background imageCostume Collection: Gainsborough - Lady Brisco J900289

Gainsborough - Lady Brisco J900289
KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " Lady Brisco " 1776 by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

Background imageCostume Collection: Lenny Henry and Dawn French, as Michael Jackson and Bubbles

Lenny Henry and Dawn French, as Michael Jackson and Bubbles, arriving at Elton Johns 50th birthday party at Hammersmith Palais. 6th April 1997

Background imageCostume Collection: Civil War re-enactment by the Sealed Knot, near site of Edgehill, Warwickshire

Civil War re-enactment by the Sealed Knot, near site of Edgehill, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCostume Collection: Chanctonbury ring of Morris dancers outside the Lewes Arms pub, Lewes, Sussex

Chanctonbury ring of Morris dancers outside the Lewes Arms pub, Lewes, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCostume Collection: Traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Traditional Cambodian apsara dancer, temples of Angkor Wat, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageCostume Collection: Larkin - Lady Dorothy Cary J920335

Larkin - Lady Dorothy Cary J920335
KENWOOD HOUSE, SUFFOLK COLLECTION, London. " Lady Dorothy Cary" c1615 by William Larkin (died 1619)

Background imageCostume Collection: Picture No. 10745711

Picture No. 10745711
CAT. Tabby cat dressed as nurse Date:

Background imageCostume Collection: Roman legionary soldier IC048_145

Roman legionary soldier IC048_145
Reconstruction drawing by Nick Hardcastle depicting a Roman legionary soldier stationed at Hadrians Wall in about 120AD, with a section of the wall being constructed in the background

Background imageCostume Collection: Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Background imageCostume Collection: GODZILLA. A scene from one of the Godzilla movies

GODZILLA. A scene from one of the Godzilla movies

Background imageCostume Collection: Roman legion

Roman legion, Jerash, Jordan, Middle East

Background imageCostume Collection: Plain-an-Gwarry, St Just in Penwith Churchtown, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Plain-an-Gwarry, St Just in Penwith Churchtown, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Plain-an-Gwarry (or Plain-an-Gware), Churchtown looking west with children posed on surrounding wall. From the Cornish Plen an Gwari a playing place

Background imageCostume Collection: Two ladies in blue and gold masks, Venice Carnival, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Two ladies in blue and gold masks, Venice Carnival, Venice, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageCostume Collection: One Sheet poster artwork for Up Pompeii (1971)

One Sheet poster artwork for Up Pompeii (1971)

Background imageCostume Collection: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967). English actor. In the role of Sherlock Holmes

SHERLOCK HOLMES. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967). English actor. In the role of Sherlock Holmes

Background imageCostume Collection: WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

WIZARD OF OZ, 1939. Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM production of The Wizard of Oz

Background imageCostume Collection: People love Player s: Paddle in Sea, 1961

People love Player s: Paddle in Sea, 1961
Players Navy Cut Cigarettes counter-card featuring a photographic image of a man and woman embracing on a beach. They are ankle deep in the sea the gentleman wears rolled up jeans

Background imageCostume Collection: Playboy bunny girls, West Indies, February 1965

Playboy bunny girls, West Indies, February 1965

Background imageCostume Collection: Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
A group of five young girls, comprising two older girls, two toddlers and a baby. The second from the left is probably Jane Ann Libby

Background imageCostume Collection: Houses on the hillside, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Houses on the hillside, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Houses on the hillside with children playing in The Warren. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q

Background imageCostume Collection: Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993

Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993
The giant pasty, which is baked in Polruan, ready to be taken by harbour tug across Fowey harbour. Members of the town band escort it, who this year are dressed as Chelsea pensioners

Background imageCostume Collection: MAUDE ADAMS (1872-1953). American actress. Photographed in the role of Peter Pan, 1906

MAUDE ADAMS (1872-1953). American actress. Photographed in the role of Peter Pan, 1906

Background imageCostume Collection: Rain BB98_05778

Rain BB98_05778
Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire. People with raincoats and umbrellas walking beside the harbour in the rain. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Sons 1896-1920

Background imageCostume Collection: JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979). American actor. Wayne in a scene from The Comancheros

JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979). American actor. Wayne in a scene from The Comancheros
JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979). American actor. Wayne in a scene from " The Comancheros"

Background imageCostume Collection: GODZILLA. A scene from one of the Godzilla movies

GODZILLA. A scene from one of the Godzilla movies

Background imageCostume Collection: Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062

Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
Before the liberating 1960s a career for many women meant making the choice between secretarial work, healthcare or service

Background imageCostume Collection: Jon Pertwee as Worzel Gummidge pictured out and about, dressed in character

Jon Pertwee as Worzel Gummidge pictured out and about, dressed in character. 21st November 1980

Background imageCostume Collection: John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool

John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. 17th December 1982

Background imageCostume Collection: Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex

Burning crosses at the annual bonfire night parade held in Lewes, East Sussex
England, East Sussex, Lewes, The annual bonfire night parade celebrating 17 protestant martyrs killed in the fifteen hundreds

Background imageCostume Collection: The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
A view across the village including the house where Lewis Harding processed his photographs. This is the house on the right and is now called Osprey Cottage

Background imageCostume Collection: Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860

Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860
Portrait of Hannah Rowett, born 1850, a cousin of Robert and Frank Rendle. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q




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"Unveiling the Timeless Artistry: A Journey through Costume" Step into a world of Gypsy Splendour as Laura Knight's brushstrokes bring Elsie on Hassan to life, adorned in vibrant and intricate garments. Marvel at the Gold mask of Tutankhamun, a mesmerizing relic from ancient Egypt that showcases the opulence and grandeur of their costume traditions. Transport yourself to Perranporth beach in 1922, where surfers donned their casual yet stylish attire, capturing the essence of summertime fashion. Travel back in time to Polperro in the 1860s-1870s, where four fishermen proudly display their rugged outfits, reflecting both practicality and tradition. Enter the realm of nostalgia with Sailor from 1955's Players Please collection; his uniform exudes charm and adventure on high seas. Witness the haunting presence of a Plague doctor from centuries past. This eerie costume serves as a reminder of humanity's struggle against disease throughout history. Indulge in laughter alongside Laurel and Hardy, whose timeless comedic genius is enhanced by their iconic costumes that have become synonymous with comedy itself. Experience chills down your spine as Lon Chaney Jr. Embodies The Wolfman's terrifying persona through his transformative costume design - an embodiment of horror cinema at its finest. Immerse yourself in living history during a Civil War re-enactment near Edgehill. Witness participants meticulously recreate period costumes, paying homage to those who lived through tumultuous times. Take a stroll through Victorian London captured beautifully in OP15919 photograph. The diverse array of costumes worn by individuals reflects societal norms and aspirations during this era. Celebrate American cowboy culture alongside Roy Rogers (1912-1998) as he poses elegantly with his beloved horse Trigger – an emblematic figure dressed impeccably for every rodeo performance. Costume transcends time and place; it tells stories woven within fabric, capturing the essence of individuals and eras.