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Fashion: Little Black Dress exhibition to open in Bangor

An exhibition exploring the history and evolution of the Little Black Dress will open at the North Down Museum in Bangor this week.

The salute to the wardrobe staple will kick off on November 29 - February 25.

Visitors are invited to see the variety of shapes and styles of the Little Black Dress from the decades of the 20th century from flappers to mini-dresses, alongside pieces on loan from local women as well as Down County Museum.

Among the display will be a dress that belonged to Emily Ann Rebeck from Kildare who died in 1914.

The gorgeous black velvet Edwardian evening gown is fully-lined, fastens at the front with hooks and eyes and has a train at the back.

Earlier in the year, the Museum made a call to women across Ards and North Down to lend their own little black dresses.


There was a huge response and the exhibition includes these local garments, each with their own story attached.

Speaking about the exhibition, North Down Museum’s Manager Heather McGuicken said: “This is a fun exhibition just in time to get you ready for the Christmas party season.

"We have dresses from across the decades showing the rise of the little black dress from an item worn for mourning purposes only to the staple item that every woman has in her wardrobe’.

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