Exhibition takes shape at museum

Dr  Faye Prior getting ready an 1880-1882 late Victorian Bustle Gown  a day dress made from silk which will be  one of the exhibits going into a new exhibition 'Shaping The Body; Food Fashion & Life' at the York Castle Museum.
Dr Faye Prior getting ready an 1880-1882 late Victorian Bustle Gown a day dress made from silk which will be one of the exhibits going into a new exhibition 'Shaping The Body; Food Fashion & Life' at the York Castle Museum.
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Curators are boxing up bustles and cleaning corsets as a major new exhibition takes shape.

They are putting together a new display for York Castle Museum looking at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through culture, diet, fashion and lifestyle.

From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the eighties, it will look at how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles.

Ali Bodley, senior curator at York Museums Trust said: “Costume, social history, archaeology and art from collections across the Trust will combine to demonstrate the extent of how our bodies have changed through the ages.

“Over the next few weeks we will be preparing our chosen artefacts for display; hundreds of items need to be specially cleaned, wrapped and boxed ready to be transported to York Castle Museum.”

Shaping the Body, which opens in March, will explore how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.