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Unpacking the Trunk - National Maritime Museum

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION organised by the National Maritime Museum and students of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, Unpacking the Trunk: The Cruise Wardrobe in the 1920s and 30s, runs until May 1, 2007 at the NMM.

The display, which includes relevant objects and images from the Museum’s archive, explains how dress of that period characterised the decadence of the upper classes.

Thus it demonstrates how the simultaneous advances in travel and cruise liners being seen as a playground for the rich and beautiful, became the perfect setting for displaying a new wardrobe.

Also at the National Maritime Museum is Art for the Nation – a collection of 200 paintings from the NMM’s fine art collection, illustrating the history of British maritime art and the nation’s long-standing preoccupation with the sea.

Artists featured include Gainsborough, Lely, Hogarth, Reynolds and Turner.

Art for the Nation runs until September 2, 2007.