Fashioning Our World exhibition opens at The Salisbury Museum

The Fashioning Our World exhibition at The Salisbury Museum will feature fashion items from the past which tell powerful stories of sustainability. Alongside a selection of clothes and accessories that have been repurposed, mended and loved, the exhibition will showcase work by well-known and emerging fashion designers, sustainability experts and students displayed on a series of miniature mannequins. 

Amongst others, designers whose work is featured in the exhibition include British fashion design icon Dame Zandra Rhodes, subversive fashion designer Jonny Banger, and designer and writer of a bestselling book on sustainable fashion Orsola de Castro. 

The exhibition has been co-curated with young people who have helped choose the objects on display, plan the themes and design the information panels. The exhibition is part of a recent project at The Salisbury Museum called Fashioning Our World which is engaging young people with sustainable fashion past and present, and supporting them to inspire the community to make positive sustainable fashion choices in the future.


Miniature Mannequin by Orsola de Castro.

Miniature Mannequin by Dame Zandra Rhodes, replica of cape worn by Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

Miniature Mannequin by Dame Zandra Rhodes, replica of the cape worn by Queen singer Freddie Mercury.


Katy England, Fashioning Our World Project Manager said, “We are really excited about this exhibition. It has been amazing to work with the young people on this exhibition – they have so many ideas! We have discovered so many stories of sustainability in the collection, we can’t wait for people to be able to see them. We also really appreciate the enthusiasm from the fantastic fashion designers who have contributed to this exhibition. It is brilliant to be able to include their work.”

The Fashioning Our World project was made possible by a £87,828 grant from The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, delivered by the Museums Association, with additional support from Wessex Museums. 

Visit the exhibition 10 February 2024 – 12 May 2024. 


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