Friday, 28 October 2011

Ceredigion Museum gives away vintage clothes collection

Image courtesy of the B.B.C.
Ceredigion Museum gives away vintage clothes collection

Taxi to Ceredigion please!  Quick as you can, driver!

Honestly, I've been dreaming about something like this for years.  Years, I tell you!  Many's the time I've thought of Granada TV auctioning off the wardrobe from Jeeves & Wooster or Poirot, and the wondrous clothes of Bertie Wooster and Captain Hastings that could be mine.  And now that something very much like that is actually happening, it's on the other bloomin' side of the country!  Tchah!

Image courtesy of the Ceridigion Museum
In reality the headline is slightly misleading - it really needs "to the National Trust and other groups" tacking on the end of it.  I don't really think that you or I could just roll up to the Ceredigion Museum and go, "I'll have that... and that... oh, and that as well...", more's the pity(!).  Still, it might help soothe the bitter sting of disappointment to know that at least the massive collection of 17,000 garments will continue to be appreciated - and what's more, used - by the likes of the National Trust, local community groups and schools.  That at least ensures that they can go on being appreciated by people and, importantly, children throughout the area.  Plus it looks like fashion designers are taking a welcome active interest in the styles of the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods for inspiration in their creations of today, which must be a good thing if it means we'll see some of our favourite fashions on the high street at some point in the future.

6 comments:

  1. But I would appreciate them, and wear them!! X

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  2. Oh, I'm not saying you, I or any fellow vintage blogger wouldn't either! And if anyone in the Ceridigion area wants to go and see if they can snaffle a few items, do let us know what happens...(!)

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  3. There are quite a few museums out there that are keeping all kinds of lovely clothes locked away from people. If you ever feel like breaking into one of these clothing-prisons, and freeing these things from captivity, please contact me... :)

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  4. Oh, how I wish this story was half as dandy as it sounds. It comes across as a bit of a scam if you hear it in full - First off, the collector who owned and showed these items has sadly passed away, why didn't they ask for donations so we (us in Wales) could have a museum in her memory? Plus, they valued the collection at just £1 per item, yet in the selection I've seen, there is a few hundred pounds worth - I'm really not a happy bunny, but if you fancy coming over here to "liberate" the vintage, I have a spare room! :)

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  5. This isn't the first amazing vintage clothing collection that has come to light in Wales, did you see that episode of Country House Rescue some time ago where a lady had amassed a collection of thousands of pieces over her lifetime and had them crammed into all the rooms in a slightly spooky and obsessive way? They auctioned them off to raise money to repair the house itself.

    Thanks by the way for the tip about the Chap ball, I've booked my ticket!! Now the dilemma is 'what to wear?'...

    Miss P xx

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  6. Wales seems to be a vintage clothing treasure-trove! Did you see that episode of Country House Rescue where the owner of a mansion in mid Wales had thousands of pieces of vintage costume stuffed into every possible space? She auctioned them to raise money for house repairs, but it was like going into Tutankhamen's tomb when the camera crew followed the presenter into the first room..and the next.. and the next....

    Thank you so much for the tip about the Chap Ball by the way, I have booked my ticket!

    Miss P xx

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