A Touch of Silk is on Show

15 December 2010

A stunning new exhibition to celebrate the party season is on show at the Costume Gallery of Provost Skene's House, Guest Row, between Broad Street and Flourmill Lane, Aberdeen.

The eye-catching selection of silk garments, including a dress from the 1770s, Victorian wedding dresses, evening gowns from the 1930s and lingerie are on display in this wonderfully historic setting which dates back to 1545.

Silk has always been one of the most precious and expensive fabrics used for making clothes. Even today, with advanced processing techniques, silk is still viewed as a luxury item and most often used for clothes worn on special occasions.

This exhibition looks at the different types of silk produced and highlights some of the best silk garments from the collection.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum's curator Victoria Ward said: "Silk is such a luxurious fabric and people have always enjoyed its soft feel against the skin. As a result it is still one of the most popular fabrics for eveningwear and lingerie".

The exhibition runs until Saturday 12 February 2011.