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"Wear: A Journey Through Time and Style" Step into the past as we explore the rich history of "wear" in various forms

Background imageWear Collection: Souter Lighthouse at Sunset; Whitburn, Tyne And Wear, England

Souter Lighthouse at Sunset; Whitburn, Tyne And Wear, England
A historic lighthouse overlooking nature-rich clifftop grasslands, coastal park and rugged coastline. Decommissioned in 1988, this property is now managed and protected by the National Trust

Background imageWear Collection: The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne (4 / 4)

The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne (4 / 4)
The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - The spans reaching out from both sides of the river - 11th January 1928. Date: 1928

Background imageWear Collection: Hartnell ballgown

Hartnell ballgown
An evening dress designed by Norman Hartnell in full-skirted organza glittered with love knots

Background imageWear Collection: WW2 - Home Front - Woman in her Gas Mask

WW2 - Home Front - Woman in her Gas Mask. Date: circa 1941

Background imageWear Collection: England, Tyne & Wear, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Millennium Bridge and the river Tyne

England, Tyne & Wear, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Millennium Bridge and the river Tyne, viewed at night from the Newcastle upon tyne quayside

Background imageWear Collection: Nubians in Ancient Egypt

Nubians in Ancient Egypt
Nubians from the south bring tribute to the Egyptian Pharaoh; they wear a variety of clothing - skirts short or long, tunics, animal skins, and plumed headgear

Background imageWear Collection: 1930S Playsuits

1930S Playsuits
Striped playsuit with shorts with matching 3/4 length coat or a linen suit with trousers & jacket with large patch pockets. A wire-haired fox terrier sits nearby

Background imageWear Collection: Aerial image of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, on a rocky headland known as Pen Bal Crag

Aerial image of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, on a rocky headland known as Pen Bal Crag, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWear Collection: Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926

Advert for Burberry winter sports wear 1926
A group of skiers take a rest. Date: 1926

Background imageWear Collection: English Rose Corsetry advertisement

English Rose Corsetry advertisement
Advert for the new corselette from English Rose corsetry, exquisitely styled and entirely without bones. It is described as a corselette with wired

Background imageWear Collection: The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955

The Tatler Autumn Fashion Number 1955
A stunning, bold front cover design featuring a tall and elegant woman wearing a simple black strapless evening dress and a sumptuous lime green wrap with matching choker necklace

Background imageWear Collection: England, County Durham, Durham City. Durham Cathedral, situated above the river banks of the River

England, County Durham, Durham City. Durham Cathedral, situated above the river banks of the River Wear

Background imageWear Collection: Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
Capture The Moment. Found in the collection of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Background imageWear Collection: Shipyard Sunset

Shipyard Sunset
Sunset over the shipyards of the River Wear at Sunderland, Co Durham, England

Background imageWear Collection: England, County Durham, Durham City. Fulling Mill, on the banks of the River Wear

England, County Durham, Durham City. Fulling Mill, on the banks of the River Wear, below Durham Cathedral

Background imageWear Collection: Aerial image of city including Durham Castle, a Medieval castle, Norman Cathedral

Aerial image of city including Durham Castle, a Medieval castle, Norman Cathedral, and the River Wear, Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWear Collection: 1960S Kitchen

1960S Kitchen
A classic kitchen, with a dresser, folding table, gas cooker with whistle kettle, trendy floor tiles and various types of kitchenalia

Background imageWear Collection: New Tyne Bridge

New Tyne Bridge
Of historic interest as a forerunner of the larger Sydney Harbour bridge built by the same company. IoE 430244

Background imageWear Collection: The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne (3 / 4)

The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne (3 / 4)
The Building of the Tyne Bridge - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - The spans supported by cables to each shore - 9th February 1928. Date: 1928

Background imageWear Collection: The famous St Hilda Colliery Band

The famous St Hilda Colliery Band, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England - World Champions in 1912, 1920, 1921 and 1924. Date: 1924

Background imageWear Collection: Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953

Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953
A crease-resisting nylon tulle evening dress from Marshall and Snelgrove, one of a quartette of outfits showcased by the Tatler as being perfect for the Coronation summer of 1953

Background imageWear Collection: Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral, viewed from across the River Wear. The main part is Norman, built between 1093 and 1133. The impressive central tower was built around 1470

Background imageWear Collection: Evening Wear 1939

Evening Wear 1939
Evening gowns by Lavin and Molyneux

Background imageWear Collection: Golfing Woman 1907

Golfing Woman 1907
A modern sporty girl wears a gored skirt, blouse with detachable all-round collar worn with a tie, a large flat cap & a broad belt to accentuate her tiny waist

Background imageWear Collection: Men Evening Dress 1893

Men Evening Dress 1893
Three variations of evening dress for 1893-4: dress tail coats with roll collar or step collar & a dress jacket. One man wears a black waistcoat & pumps the others wear white

Background imageWear Collection: Angel of the North

Angel of the North
England, Tyne and Wear, Gateshead. Aerial (drone) view of the iconic Angel of the North statue by Antony Gormley. The Angel, built on a a former colliery pit head bath site

Background imageWear Collection: MAP OF THE COURSE OF THE WEAR, in North East England rises in the Pennines and flows

MAP OF THE COURSE OF THE WEAR, in North East England rises in the Pennines and flows eastwards, mostly through County Durham to the North Sea in the City of Sunderland.Is one of the regions longest

Background imageWear Collection: Durham Cathedral from the River Wear

Durham Cathedral from the River Wear
The classic view looking up toward the majestic Norman Cathedral at Durham from the Western bank of the River Wear. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageWear Collection: Fisherfolk on the Beach at Cullercoats, 1881 (w / c & graphite on wove paper)

Fisherfolk on the Beach at Cullercoats, 1881 (w / c & graphite on wove paper)
3949562 Fisherfolk on the Beach at Cullercoats, 1881 (w/c & graphite on wove paper) by Homer, Winslow (1836-1910); 34.1x49.4 cm; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Background imageWear Collection: View across the River Wear to Durham Cathedral, female college rowers in training, Durham

View across the River Wear to Durham Cathedral, female college rowers in training, Durham, County Durham, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWear Collection: Modes et Travaux front cover. Art deco

Modes et Travaux front cover. Art deco
A woman in grey evening wear poses in front of her mirror. Artist: Wecla Date: 1934

Background imageWear Collection: Dewars advertisement

Dewars advertisement
Advertisement for Dewars White Label whiskey showing four gentlemen smartly attired in evening wear enjoying a game of cards - and a glass of Dewar s. 1934

Background imageWear Collection: Helston Cornwall Furry

Helston Cornwall Furry
THE FLORAL DANCE takes place during Furry day at Helston, Cornwall At noon, couples in evening wear dance between the houses to bring the occupiers good luck

Background imageWear Collection: Art deco fashion sketch of bridesmaid dress, London, 1921

Art deco fashion sketch of bridesmaid dress, London, 1921. Dres of taffeta in flower shadings of rose, delphinium, blue, lilac or daffodil with underskirts of georgette and silver lace Date: 1921

Background imageWear Collection: What People Are Wearing - Annika Wills and Anne Nightingale

What People Are Wearing - Annika Wills and Anne Nightingale
On the left: The English actress Annika Wills (better known as Anneke Wills, b. 1941) wearing a Levi jacket and jeans from Sportique and a matching hat belonging to her husband

Background imageWear Collection: Autumn fashions, Evening Dress

Autumn fashions, Evening Dress
Evening wear fashions for 1916 showing two elegant ladies modelling sleeveless, plunge back gowns with high waists and full skirts typical of the World War One period

Background imageWear Collection: Young smiling man wearing underwear standing in front of nostalgic wallpaper

Young smiling man wearing underwear standing in front of nostalgic wallpaper

Background imageWear Collection: De l utilite de la crinoline pour frauder l octroi (On the usefulness of the

De l utilite de la crinoline pour frauder l octroi (On the usefulness of the crinoline to smugglers), 1857. Private Collection

Background imageWear Collection: The most beautiful woman in Paris (La plus belle femme de Paris), 1883-1885

The most beautiful woman in Paris (La plus belle femme de Paris), 1883-1885. Found in the Collection of Musee d art et d histoire, Genf

Background imageWear Collection: An Elegant Soiree

An Elegant Soiree, . Private Collection

Background imageWear Collection: After the Bath. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

After the Bath. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
After the Bath. Found in the collection of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Background imageWear Collection: Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Artist: Monet, Claude (1840-1926)

Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Artist: Monet, Claude (1840-1926)
Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageWear Collection: Reprisal! by H M Bateman

Reprisal! by H M Bateman - humorous illustration of what can happen if a woman decides to wear trousers. In this scene the reprisal for the wife wearing trousers is that her husband has taken to

Background imageWear Collection: Woman in flapper dress 1923

Woman in flapper dress 1923
Soft georgette evening gown, with cross-over bodice, edged with narrow band of self-coloured satin. Two flat panels appeared at the front and back of the skirt

Background imageWear Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt lying on a couch

Background imageWear Collection: Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Young man in a suit and without shirt kneeling on a couch

Background imageWear Collection: Ouseburn Viaduct

Ouseburn Viaduct
Railway Viaduct. One of the earliest bridges constructed in Britain using the Wiebeking system of laminated wood. IoE 304882

Background imageWear Collection: Advert for the House of A. Lynes & Son, London

Advert for the House of A. Lynes & Son, London, 1921 selling evening wear for men. Date: 1921



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"Wear: A Journey Through Time and Style" Step into the past as we explore the rich history of "wear" in various forms. From iconic landmarks to fashion trends, this captivating journey will take you through different eras and locations. Starting with the majestic Tyne Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, witness the architectural marvel that stands tall over the River Tyne. Its construction symbolizes resilience and progress, reminding us of our ability to overcome challenges. During World War II, women on the home front donned gas masks for protection. Their bravery and determination shine through as they faced adversity head-on, highlighting their unwavering spirit. In a complete contrast, imagine stepping into a glamorous ballroom adorned with Hartnell ballgowns. These elegant creations epitomize sophistication and grace, showcasing timeless beauty that transcends generations. Travel back to 1926 when Burberry introduced its winter sports wear collection. This advert captures both style and functionality, emphasizing how clothing can adapt to suit different activities while keeping us warm during colder months. The Angel of the North emerges next—a magnificent sculpture overlooking County Durham's riverbanks—the River Wear. This awe-inspiring artwork represents strength and unity within its surroundings while leaving an indelible mark on all who encounter it. Durham Cathedral rises above these river banks—an architectural masterpiece steeped in history—reminding us of England's rich heritage. It serves as a testament to human craftsmanship standing strong against time's weariness. Take a leap forward into playful nostalgia with 1930s playsuits—a delightful blend of comfort and charm that encapsulates carefree summer days spent by sandy beaches or lush gardens. Crossing back over to Newcastle Upon Tyne is another modern marvel—the Millennium Bridge spanning across the River Tyne. Its sleek design perfectly complements this vibrant cityscape while connecting communities on either side. Capture moments forever etched in time through Sorolla y Bastida's artwork.