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Bath's Got More Than Roman Baths; It's Got Princess Diana's Dresses

Where: Bennett Street, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 2QH
July 22, 2010 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The town of Bath in Britain may be known best for its "healing waters" beloved of everyone since the Romans, and as a result it's also something of a huge tourist trap. If you find yourself with more than a few days in London, eventually someone will suggest a daytrip to Bath—but finally there's a better reason to go than buying the local water. Bath's Fashion Museum is hosting an exhibition of Princess Diana's dresses, from now until January 9, 2011.

The dresses, all from private collectors and all previously displayed at Kensington Palace, are from the Princess' royal tours of Canada and New Zealand, when every day presented a new formal event for Diana to attend in custom-made gowns made by Catherine Walker, Versace, Donald Campbell, Caroline Charles and Murray Arbeid. They've got a period costume she wore at a picnic, an opera gown and even a very innocent-looking dress she wore at age 18.

Admission to the Diana's Dresses exhibit is included in the Fashion Museum ticket price of £7, or £20 for a family. Or you can take the bargain combination ticket of £15 per person or £43 per family which includes the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths.

Just in mind that the Bath Fashion Museum is looking for emotional responses to the dresses, so you might be sharing the space with sobbing British housewives, blubbering about how much the periwinkle gown meant to them when they saw it on Diana on TV twenty-plus years ago. And truly—what's more British than that?

[Photo: Bath Fashion Museum]

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