Fashion Archive on Film Partnership Project #FAF

June 9, 2015 -

The American Museum in Britain (Bath) and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a full grant from the South West Museum Development Small Grant: Big Improvement scheme funded by the Arts Council England. This grant will support both institutions in a joint project that focuses on specific fashion related elements within their archives.

The partnership work will see items from the Illustrated London News magazine collection at the Fashion Museum and the Beatrice Pratt archive collection at the American Museum catalogued and digitised. Both organisations will then create short, snappy films, which will be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the museums’ websites. A group of young people will be recruited to take part in the project. Follow our progress using #FAF

Taken together the two fashion archive collections demonstrate 100 years of fashion, from the 1840s to the 1940s, and from the general to the specific (fashion advice and reporting in The Illustrated London News, and Beatrice Pratt a renowned fashionista in both public and private spheres).

Beatrice Pratt as 'France', Mrs Reginald Vanderbilt as 'Belgium' and Mrs William Payne as 'Britannia'

Beatrice Pratt as ‘France’, Mrs Reginald Vanderbilt as ‘Belgium’ and Mrs William Payne as ‘Britannia’

The aim of the project is to ensure that more people can experience and be inspired by fashion archive collections, whilst supporting the aims of both museums of sustainability and digital engagement.

‘This is a great opportunity for a group of young people to gain an insight into museum work and get involved with the creative process of film production. We’re looking forward to seeing what aspects of Beatrice’s remarkable life the group choose to highlight, and producing some really engaging films to share with the public.’
Zoe Dennington, American Museum in Britain

‘We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at the Fashion Museum on this exciting project. Beatrice Pratt, the mother of our founder Dallas, was described as a leading figure in the world of fashion. This grant provides us with a valuable opportunity to be able to share more about this flamboyant lady’s life, her famous friends, outrageous gowns, bravery and generosity with a far wider audience.’
Cathryn Spence, American Museum in Britain

‘At the moment no one knows about The Illustrated London News magazine collection at the Fashion Museum, nor the wealth of information that it contains about Victorian and Edwardian fashions. This is a fabulous opportunity to change all that by sharing best practise and working alongside our close neighbours at the American Museum in Britain to bring the collection out of the shadows through the use of digital media.’
Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum

Both organisations are incredibly grateful to the South West Museum Development scheme and the Arts Council England for supporting this project and making this joint initiative possible.