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Dress for Excess exhibition launch at Brighton Royal Pavilion

PUBLISHED: 01:16 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 February 2013

Dress for Excess exhibition launch at Brighton Royal Pavilion

Dress for Excess exhibition launch at Brighton Royal Pavilion

Guests enjoyed a sneak preview of Dress for Excess, a major new exhibition at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Guests enjoyed a sneak preview of Dress for Excess, a major new exhibition at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
The show is to celebrate the bicentenary of the Regency Act in 1811, which gave the powers of the monarchy to the Prince Regent as his father George III was ill, and the opening of the new Prince Regent Gallery.
Stunning examples of Regency costume for men and women are now on show and will be until next February.
Exhibits include elegant high-waisted muslin gowns and beautiful silk garments, a tailored dandys outfit and a military uniform worn at the Battle of Waterloo.
The pice de rsistance is George IVs five metre long, ermine trimmed coronation train, which was so heavy it needed eight bearers.
Martin Pel, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal Pavilion and Museums, explains: More than any other monarch, George knew the power of dress. Whether it was the dandy fashions of his youth, or the military uniforms he wore as an adult, as he sought a role for himself while waiting nearly 60 years to be crowned king.
His love of fashion was not merely an expensive indulgence, but a significant part in creating who George was.


Pictures: Steve Robards

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