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"Clothing Through Time: A Glimpse into Fashion and Culture" Step back in time with us as we explore the diverse world throughout history

Background imageClothing Collection: Biba Style

Biba Style
A woman trying on a minidress in one of Londons hippest boutiques, Biba. (Photo by Stephan C Archetti/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: English suffragette, feminist newspaper, 1908

English suffragette, feminist newspaper, 1908. News seller, she is standing on the street not the pavement so as not to be arrested. The suffragettes published their own magazine / newspaper

Background imageClothing Collection: ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor

ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor. Photographed with his horse Trigger
ROY ROGERS (1912-1998). N© Leonard Slye. American singing cowboy actor. Photographed with his horse Trigger

Background imageClothing Collection: Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
1924: Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era. (Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
The four fishermen are, from left to right: James Curtis (grandfather of Emma Oliver), Jack Langmaid, William Rowe and William Oliver

Background imageClothing Collection: Singer sewing machine ad, 1890s

Singer sewing machine ad, 1890s
Advertisement for the Singer Automatic sewing machine, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageClothing Collection: Satchel Paige. American baseball player

Satchel Paige. American baseball player
LEROY R. PAIGE (1906-1982). Satchel Paige. American baseball player

Background imageClothing Collection: Harbour walls, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1861

Harbour walls, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1861
The inner and outer harbour walls from the landward side with boats and men on the inner wall. The Prince of Wales Pier was about to be built, the foundation stone being laid on 5th September 1861

Background imageClothing Collection: Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Central America, Panama, Cristobal. Kuna Indian traditional molas

Background imageClothing Collection: The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons
PARSONS: CHEROKEE, 1762. The Cherokee chief Kanagagota (Standing Turkey) painted, 1762, in London by Francis Parsons

Background imageClothing Collection: KATERI TEKAKWITHA (1656-1680). Native American Catholic saint

KATERI TEKAKWITHA (1656-1680). Native American Catholic saint. After a painting, 1681, by Father Claude Chauchetiere

Background imageClothing Collection: Skinny-Dippers

Skinny-Dippers
A British policewoman chasing after a group of naked street boys by the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: ROBERT E. LEE (1807-1870). American Confederate general. Photographed by Julian Vannerson in 1863

ROBERT E. LEE (1807-1870). American Confederate general. Photographed by Julian Vannerson in 1863

Background imageClothing Collection: Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves
" Vintage engraving of Anne of Cleves by Hans Hobein. A German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England and as such she was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540

Background imageClothing Collection: Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
A group of five young girls, comprising two older girls, two toddlers and a baby. The second from the left is probably Jane Ann Libby

Background imageClothing Collection: Houses on the hillside, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Houses on the hillside, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Houses on the hillside with children playing in The Warren. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q

Background imageClothing Collection: The Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen

The Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen
Pictured are members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) on the Mall as the Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen

Background imageClothing Collection: PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief

PETALESHARO II (1823-1874). Also known as Man Chief. Chaui or Grand Pawnee Native American chief. Photographed at the James E. McClees studio in Washington, D.C. 1858

Background imageClothing Collection: WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN (1820-1891). American army commander. Photographed by Mathew Brady, c1864

WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN (1820-1891). American army commander. Photographed by Mathew Brady, c1864

Background imageClothing Collection: Red Cavapoo puppy wearing a Father Christmas hat

Red Cavapoo puppy wearing a Father Christmas hat

Background imageClothing Collection: Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades
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Background imageClothing Collection: The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
A view across the village including the house where Lewis Harding processed his photographs. This is the house on the right and is now called Osprey Cottage

Background imageClothing Collection: Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860

Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860
Portrait of Hannah Rowett, born 1850, a cousin of Robert and Frank Rendle. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q

Background imageClothing Collection: Five young ladies, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five young ladies, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Five young ladies in their Sunday best clothes. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q

Background imageClothing Collection: Portrait of a lady, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Portrait of a lady, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Full length portrait of a lady holding a book. Philip M. Correll (1992) identified the woman as " The school lady of the day"

Background imageClothing Collection: The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1915

The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1915
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers. From left to right: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943), Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983)

Background imageClothing Collection: Night, Times of the Day, by William Hogarth

Night, Times of the Day, by William Hogarth
Photo of an original engraving from the Works of William Hogarth published in 1833

Background imageClothing Collection: HELMUTH von MOLTKE (1848-1916). Full name: Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke. German soldier

HELMUTH von MOLTKE (1848-1916). Full name: Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke. German soldier. Oil over a photograph, c1910

Background imageClothing Collection: Vintage World War II poster featuring a fedora and an Army helmet

Vintage World War II poster featuring a fedora and an Army helmet. It reads: The more you keep information under your hat - the safer heall be under his! Careless Talk Costs Lives

Background imageClothing Collection: VICTORIO (1825-1880). Apache Native American chief. Photographed in 1877

VICTORIO (1825-1880). Apache Native American chief. Photographed in 1877

Background imageClothing Collection: Group of young women wearing bathing suits, portrait (B&W sepia)

Group of young women wearing bathing suits, portrait (B&W sepia)
Bathing suits reflect different eras from Victorian to 1930 s. archival image

Background imageClothing Collection: Passenger Porter

Passenger Porter
26th October 1907: A porter at the ready at a London, Tilbury and Southend Railway station. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: Feathered Gown

Feathered Gown
A Norman Hartnell evening gown. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: CHEYENNE CHIEF, c1910. The Cheyenne chief Two Moons. Photographed by Edward S. Curtis, c1910

CHEYENNE CHIEF, c1910. The Cheyenne chief Two Moons. Photographed by Edward S. Curtis, c1910

Background imageClothing Collection: SITTING BULL (1834-1890). Sioux Native American leader

SITTING BULL (1834-1890). Sioux Native American leader

Background imageClothing Collection: BABE RUTH (1895-1948). American baseball chewing gum card, 1933

BABE RUTH (1895-1948). American baseball chewing gum card, 1933

Background imageClothing Collection: MICKEY MANTLE (1931-1995). American baseball player. As a member of the New York Yankees

MICKEY MANTLE (1931-1995). American baseball player. As a member of the New York Yankees, tossing his bat aside and beginning his trot around the bases after hitting his 500th career home run off of

Background imageClothing Collection: Mother getting her daughter dressed, early 1900s

Mother getting her daughter dressed, early 1900s
Mother putting on her daughters socks and shoes, a morning ritual, early 1900s. Printed color halftone of Jessie Willcox Smith illustration

Background imageClothing Collection: Fishing boats off Chapel Rock, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

Fishing boats off Chapel Rock, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
A view of fishing boats moored off Chapel Rock, also known as Peak Rock, probably waiting for high water to enter the harbour

Background imageClothing Collection: The harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

The harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
The harbour from the slipway near The Three Pilchards. Amongst the moored boats are those with registration numbers 23FY, 49FY, 351(?)FY, 50FY and 78FY

Background imageClothing Collection: The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
Houses and the waterfront on the east side of the village with lime kiln in the background. Island House is the property end-on in the foreground

Background imageClothing Collection: The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

The village, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
A view taken from Osprey Cottage of the southern end of the village with the houses on the western side and the path leading to Chapel Rock, also known as Peak Rock

Background imageClothing Collection: Ferris Town, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Ferris Town, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A view down the south side of Ferris Town, towards Frances Street. A number of children are standing in the street with delivery cart further down the road

Background imageClothing Collection: The Lennox-Boyd family. Around 1912

The Lennox-Boyd family. Around 1912
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers and mother, Florence Annie Begbie (1870-1949). Standing: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943); seated children

Background imageClothing Collection: The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1912

The Lennox-Boyd brothers. Around 1912
Studio photograph of Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd with his brothers. From left to right: George Edward Lennox-Boyd (1902-1943), Alan Tindal Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983)

Background imageClothing Collection: Female Surgeons

Female Surgeons
American female doctors in an operating theatre being watched by students. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageClothing Collection: GEORGE H. RUTH (1895-1948). Known as Babe Ruth. American professional baseball player

GEORGE H. RUTH (1895-1948). Known as Babe Ruth. American professional baseball player. Photographed in the 1920s by Nickolas Muray

Background imageClothing Collection: TECUMSEH (1768-1813). Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe

TECUMSEH (1768-1813). Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe. Wood engraving, American, 19th century



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"Clothing Through Time: A Glimpse into Fashion and Culture" Step back in time with us as we explore the diverse world throughout history. From the rugged fishermen of Polperro, Cornwall in the 1860s-1870s to the bold English suffragettes advocating for women's rights through their feminist newspaper in 1908, fashion has always been a reflection of society. In the swinging sixties, Biba Style took London by storm, revolutionizing fashion with its bohemian flair and vibrant colors. Meanwhile, Roy Rogers, the iconic American singing cowboy actor from the early 20th century, captured hearts not only with his talent but also his signature outfits alongside his loyal horse Trigger. The elegance and grace of Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova mesmerized audiences worldwide during her reign as a Russian ballet dancer. Her ethereal costumes brought fantasy to life on stage. Even everyday objects like Singer sewing machines played a significant role in shaping fashion history. An ad from the 1890s showcases how these innovative machines empowered individuals to create their own unique garments at home. Venturing beyond borders, traditional Kuna Indian molas from Central America's Panama region showcased intricate textile artistry that celebrated their rich cultural heritage. Sports icons like Satchel Paige proved that style extended beyond runways and stages. This legendary American baseball player not only dominated on-field but did so with an undeniable sense of personal style that left fans awestruck. Traveling back to picturesque Polperro once again reveals charming scenes of houses dotting hillside landscapes while little girls playfully embrace timeless fashions inspired by their era. Lastly, let us celebrate trailblazing female surgeons who defied societal norms and paved new paths within medicine. Their determination shattered glass ceilings while donning professional attire that commanded respect and admiration. Clothing is more than just fabric; it tells stories about our past, our aspirations, and the diverse cultures that shape our world.