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Ages of Elegance Arrive at the Burnavon

16 September 2016

Ladies fashion from then and now collided recently at the Burnavon, Cookstown, when Springhill’s Ages of Elegance exhibition met Kate’s Boutique and Councillor Sharon McAleer, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council.

Louise McElwee Shiels from Kate’s Boutique which has been open in Cookstown for 44 years, selling a range of ladies fashion including occasion wear and casual wear, brought a few outfits to the exhibition for comparison with the collection on display.

The exhibition on display until 30th September in the Burnavon, which contains costumes from Springhill House lets you take a look across the decades at the styles which you’re Grandmother and Great Grandmother may have worn in times gone by.

Over ten pieces are featured and range in date from 1730 to 1960. With many styles to be enjoyed including Saque back gowns, Crinoline style made popular by Queen Victoria and the popular 1960’s small waist and full skirts.

Sharon McAleer, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council said, “When comparing dresses from then and now, it’s clear to see the styles that have come back into fashion from years gone by. If you have a love for fashion, this free exhibition in the Burnavon is a must see.” 

Costume Curator Helen McAneney from Springhill House commented, “With over 3500 pieces to choose from at Springhill’s costume collection, it was hard to select a small selection for this exhibition. However if you would like to see more please visit the costume collection at Springhill House which is open on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm during the autumn/winter season.”

The Exhibition in the Burnavon is free to attend. If you would like more information please contact the Burnavon on 028 8676 9949 or visit http://www.midulstercouncil.org/Things-To-Do/What-s-On.

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