Designer outfits sought for chic show

13/10/10

Designer outfits from the wardrobes of Aberdeen's best dressed ladies are sought for a costume gallery display to be exhibited by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums next year.

Anyone who has a secret hoard of designer outfits, a couture dress or even one high-end handbag that they would like to see in the show should get in touch now.

Some city residents have already offered to lend their designer gems, but more are needed if the exhibition, Aberdeen Designer Wardrobe, is to go ahead.

Outfits of any age will be considered, but they should be in good condition and genuine designer pieces. Sought after names include: Alexander McQueen; Armani; Balenciaga; Chanel; Dior; Dolce & Gabbana; Missoni; Moschino; Pucci; Schiaparelli; and Vivienne Westwood.

Selected outfits will be displayed alongside costumes from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums' collection including ensembles by Bill Gibb and Bernat Klein.

Curator Kate Gillespie said: "This is a unique opportunity for members of the public to see their own pieces on display as part of a costume display at Provost Skene's House.

"It's an exciting venture that I hope will shed some light on the designer gems that are hidden away in wardrobes all over Aberdeen. We've already had some generous offers of loans of designer pieces from city residents for the exhibition, but we do need more, so if anyone has something they'd like to show off to other city fashionistas, please get in touch."

Outfits and accessories will be on loan to Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums for the duration of the display.

Aberdeen's Designer Wardrobe, which will chart the tastes and fashions of the residents of Aberdeen, will open at Provost Skene's House Costume Gallery on 26 February and run until 7 May.

For more information or to discuss the possibility of garments being used in the costume display contact Aberdeen City Council's Museums and Galleries curator Kate Gillespie on (01224) 523710 or email kgillespie@aberdeencity.gov.uk