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Welcome to the Dress the World website

Dress the World was a series of collaborative exhibitions presented between March and October 2012 at Leicester New Walk Museum & Gallery, Northampton Museum & Gallery and Nottingham Castle Museum & Gallery.

Dress the World celebrated the global exchanges that shape and continue to shape fashion in the East Midlands. The project was part of the national Stories of the World initiative, which aimed to showcase to a worldwide audience the excellence and innovation in UK museums, with a particular focus on engaging with young people. This website contains information about the individual exhibitions, with a special insight into the collections and the activities that took place throughout the six month run.

Upcoming 2013 Event: The World at your Feet Footwear Conference

World Footwear Conference: 20th to 21st March 2013, University of Northampton

As part of to the Dress the World project, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is hosting a 2013 conference which aims to encourage debate and discussion about the design and making of footwear from across the world.

The World at your Feet Footwear Conference will celebrate the World Footwear collection held by Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. This unique collection consists of over 1000 pairs of shoes from across the world from all continents.

This conference is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Olympiad Stories of the World Project.

For more information, please email janeseddon@northampton.gov.uk

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Suits and Saris was a major exhibition that explored the on-going fusion between British and South Asian fashion, with a particular focus on Leicester's contribution to British Asian styles.



The World at Your Feet The World at Your Feet explored the role of shoe fashion in creating cultural identity through the Museum’s world footwear collection. Visitors enjoyed a journey across the world, looking at how shoe traditions are symbolically involved in key moments in people’s lives including birth, coming of age, marriage and death.



Living in Silk Living in Silk focused on Chinese influence on fashion and adornment with a significant loan exhibition from the China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou alongside Nottingham’s major collection of Chinese garments and textiles.

Interactive Trails

Suits and Saris - Star Objects

The World at Your Feet