6 Fashion Exhibitions To Take Your Mother To This Mother's Day

Go against the grain of Jo Malone perfumes and Diptyque candles and *actually* spend some quality time together (whilst treating yourself too)

In case you weren't aware, Mother's Day (Sunday 26th March) is just over a week away.

*Cue panicked expressions and frantic online shopping*

But rather than treating your mum to the same old impersonal (and bank-breaking) branded candle or luxury chocolate hamper, why not treat her to the priceless gift of a day out, and what better to do than to explore one of these fabulous fashion exhibitions together.

As James Joyce famously said, 'whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not'. Reciprocate the sentiment with the gift of time and culture.


1 JOSEF FRANK Patterns-Furniture-Painting at Fashion and Textile Museum, London

If your mum has a penchant for interior design and vibrant, colourful decor, then this first-ever UK exhibition showcasing the work of Austrian-born artist, architect and interior designer Josef Frank will be right up her street. Famous for developing his  colourful brand of modernism after moving to Sweden in 1933 (who said all Scandi design was minimalist?), the  bold, botanical prints and textiles on display are bound to bring some joy and sunshine to your Sunday, and brighten up your Mum's day. 

Tickets:  £9.90 adults* / £7.70 concessions* / £6 students * Includes 10% gift aid

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2 House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Curated by American Vogue's international editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles, and sponsored by Gucci, this exhibition, which opens on Saturday 25th March, will be a sartorial feast for the eyes. Exploring five centuries of fashion at the house which was once home to trendsetters like the 18th century "Empress of Fashion" Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy's sister 'Kick' Kennedy, the exhibition includes rare archive pieces, ranging from couture Dior pieces to contemporary Vetements garments. Plus your ticket includes unlimited access to the rest of the house and the vast grounds, so you can really make a day of it. 

Tickets to House & Garden: £19.90 adults / £12 child

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3 Princess Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington House, London

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the nation's princess, the Kensington Palace has put on this one-of-a-kind exhibition, which gives a 360 degree-spin of some of Diana's most definitive looks from the Eighties and Nineties (such as the velvet gown she wore when she danced with John Travolta- sure to make your Mum get all nostalgic). From the demure, romantic dresses of her first public appearances, to her more confident style in later life, the exhibition will trace the fashion icon's style evolution.

Tickets: £19 (£17.10 online)* adults/ £15 (£13.60 online)* concessions *Includes a voluntary donation.

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4 Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire

If your mum is one for sculpture and modern art, then take her to see this unique exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield curated by designer Jonathan Anderson. The exhibition, which opens on the 18th March, will draw upon Anderson's personal selection of sculptures, featured alongside notable fashion pieces and objects of craft and design, to explore the way the human form has been reimagined by artists and designers across the 20th and 21st centuries. Looks from Anderson's AW13 collection will be shown alongside figurative sculptures by artists including Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas and Henry Moore, as well as fashion pieces by Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Helmut Lang, among others.

Tickets: FREE

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5 Lace in Fashion at The Fashion Museum, Bath

If you and your mum share a love for lace, then head to Bath's Fashion Museum for this exhibition on the influence of lace throughout fashion from the 16th century. Pieces range from the 17th century Silver Tissue Dress, trimmed with rare parchment lace made using tiny strips of parchment wrapped in silk, to the navy blue lace dress worn by actress Lea Seydoux in the James Bond film Spectre, as well as elegant evening gowns by the likes of Balmain and Balenciaga. You'll never see lace in the same mundane way again.

Tickets: £9 adults/ £8 students

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6 Mary Quant: Fashion Icon at the Gallery of Costume, Manchester

Famous for pioneering the Chelsea look that reigned in the swinging Sixties, Mary Quant's name will definitely strike a chord with mums who grew up around the time of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. This Manchester-based exhibit includes over twenty bespoke looks, dating from the 1950s through the the early 1970s and gives a thorough overview of the designer's bold and contemporary style 

Tickets: Free

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