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100 years of fashion featured at Museum

Some of the greatest names in fashion, past and present, are being showcased at a glamourous exhibition in the Ulster Museum.

Many exquisite pieces, dating as far back as the 1900s, are being displayed in the Grand Designers exhibition.

Top classics, such as Chanel, Dior, Versace and Dolce and Gabanna are featured alongside current trends from Vivienne Westwood, Cavalli and the late Alexander McQueen.

A Mary Quant mini lends a taste of the sixties, while an Ossie Clarke snakeskin maxi gives a flavour of the seventies.

Last October, the south Belfast museum reopened following a three-year, £17 million facelift.

During the renovation work stunning pieces continued to be added to the fashion collection

And now it forms part of a wider re-hang of the top floor art galleries, which incorporates over 170 works of Irish and international artists from the permanent collection.

Elise Taylor, Ulster Museum applied art curator, said: “This exhibition provides a fascinating insight into how designers have used their skills to define the fashions of the time.

“Our fabulous costume collection has always been extremely popular with our visitors and I’m sure they will be thrilled to see it back in the museum.”

For more information on the exhibition, log onto the website www.nmni.com.

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