What should you wear for a night out on the town? Is
it formal or fun? Are you out with friends or out to
impress? This exhibition uses evening wear to explore
our changes in attitude towards dressing up and going
The vital decision of what to wear on a night out has
always been important. In the first half of the 20th
century this decision was governed by strict social
conventions. A specific style of dress was required
for every occasion.
In the 1950s a new culture emerged, based around the
views, music and fashions of young people. Since then
dressing up to go out has become a less formal affair.
Younger people have had more money to spend and more
choice and freedom about where they socialise, whether
it is a pub, a club, the cinema or an informal dinner
with friends. Fashion has reflected these changes.
Clothes have been used to express individuality in a
much greater way than ever before. Cheap, fun and fashionable
clothes are readily available on the high street. Today
fashions are diverse and are not restricted by social
etiquette. Deciding what to wear is more stressful than