It’s Strictly the dresses in new Horsham exhibition

Dresses on display at Horsham museum
Dresses on display at Horsham museum

As Strictly Come Dancing wraps up this weekend a new exhibition in Horsham is giving fans the chance to enjoy the sparkles for a little bit longer.

With the finale of the hit BBC show set to air tonight (Saturday December 17) Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has opened its own Twinkle Toes exhibition, celebrating dancing costumes and dresses of 20th century.

Dresses on display at Horsham museum

Dresses on display at Horsham museum

Rather than costumes made for celebrities’ these costumes have been made for real people of Horsham who danced away the evening in the Drill Hall, the King’s Arms Assembly rooms or even The Black Horse Hotel.

Spanning a hundred years the costumes reflect the changes in decorum that ladies would observe. No split dresses up to the waistline, but dresses that exhibited the workmanship of the dressmaker and the designer.

Dresses will be on display ranging from the 1930s mustard yellow rayon dress, with the waist accentuated with a belt and a diamante clasps, topped off with a matching cape to the royal blue evening dress, made from net and embellished with sequins over a lining of crepe.

Some costumes on show were made by well-known makers, such as the calf length 1950s evening dress designed by Julian Rose and the Jean Allen gold metallic ‘dolly’ shift dress, typical of that worn in the 1960s.

With over 13 dresses on display the exhibition Twinkle Toes is a visual delight for all those who feel bereft of their visual extravaganza every Saturday night.

For those who don’t care about the dresses it is a real nostalgic trip in to their youth (or later) when going for a dance was the highlight of any week.

The exhibition is open now and runs till the summer of 2017.

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