Monday, July 29, 2013

'Bathing Belles' Exhibition

With summer in full-swing, why not dive into the Bathing Belles exhibition open now, at Scotland Street School Museum. This is an unique opportunity for textile enthusiasts to become immersed in swimwear fashions over 200 years from the early woollen garments modeled by Edwardian bathers to the super-lightweight and highly-advanced materials favoured by today's Olympian athletes.

The exhibition explores swimwear's variable roles and takes particular interest in the issue of etiquette involved in both covering-up, and exposing the human body. Themes of modesty, religion and perceptions of the body are presented through the array of costumes on display, while a selection of trophies, postcards and swimming souvenirs taken from the archives of Glasgow Museums provide the historical backdrop.

This is another Glasgow Life event intended to whet our appetite for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year. Glasgow's swimming legacy (until now, something I'd never even considered!) is over-egged with the recent reopening of the state-of-the-art swimming pool at Tollcross triumphantly advertised. But where there's treasures from Glasgow Museums' archives and textile inspiration to be gathered, we're more than happy to dip a toe in!

The exhibition runs at Scotland Street until 5th January 2014.