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18th-century dress is renowned for its opulence. The period saw fashions for elaborate wigs, rich embroidery and full skirts. In addition to men’s and women’s daywear, the V&A has in its collections a number of mantuas, the remarkably wide gowns worn for formal court occasions.

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400 Years of Fashion

400 Years of Fashion

The V&A's best-selling history of fashion book reflects the popularity of the Museum's world famous dress collection. Four Hundred Years of Fashio…

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