Dressed to impress: Fashion in the 18th Century

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Explore everyday life in the 18th century through our stunning collection of intricate costumes and accessories.

Showcasing 13 male and female costumes, Dressed to impress highlights changing attitudes towards desirable body shapes in the 1700s, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the social climate of the time.

One piece on display for the first time at the Walker is a pair of men’s stockings. The stockings – one of the few surviving pairs remaining in the UK – are designed with padding to accentuate shapely calves, a sought-after look for men in the 18th century.

The clothes in the display are typical of the fashionable styles worn by ‘the middling sort’. Neither rich or poor, these people often wanted to improve and display their social standing through their clothing.


Caption: 18th century French fashion


Further information:
  • Location  Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services, Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross), Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services; By car: the Walker is in the city centre, close to the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and Lime Street Station – follow the directions to Liverpool Lime St station where there is a car park just opposite the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street; By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
  • Opening hours 10 am – 5 pm daily, e except on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January, when they are closed all day.
  • This is a free exhibition
  • Further information 0151 478 4199