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Gallery of Costume

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Address: Platt Hall Wilmslow Road | Platt Hall located in Platt Fields Park corner of Wilmslow Road and Platt Lane, Manchester M14 5LL, England
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+44 161 245 7245
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Thu - Fri 13:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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One of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in...

One of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in Britain, housed in the elegant surroundings of Platt Hall in Platt Fields Park.

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Nice gallery of fashions with some very rare pieces

Nice gallery of fashions with some very rare pieces. There is a painted fan that is almost 400 years old. The exhibit on stays was interesting: it's difficult to imagine how long... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited the Mary Quant exhibition which was good. The gallery is small and friendly and worth a quick visit if in the area (pop down from visiting the Whitworth)

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice gallery of fashions with some very rare pieces. There is a painted fan that is almost 400 years old. The exhibit on stays was interesting: it's difficult to imagine how long it must have taken to put on one's clothing, much care for all the delicate fabrics. The gallery is about 3/4 mile (1.2 Km) south of the Withworth... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to this venue one Sunday afternoon. The fashion was very interesting with lots of information about the clothes. There was also a collection of ornate buttons. The building is very grand as well with its pastel rooms and big staircase. There is a cafe where you can get a drink and a piece of homemade cake.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

On a wet Saturday morning, we noted the suggestions from other reviewers that this would be a good place for a family outing on a wet day. And they were right. This is a small gallery, but an easy place to spend a pleasant hour or so. The building itself is appealing; you can learn a little of the story... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

great for all family morning out on a wet day in sunny manchester lol a great place for students of arts pleased we don't have to wear / dress like this anymore never get to a event on tim lol

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Platt house and the Gallery of Costume are nice but could have been better. The displays were interesting and informative but the glass displays are very reflective and there is not way to see the back of the costumes. Simply put a mirror in the back of the display! Same thing for the special exhibit of 20's and 30's... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Very interesting collection of historical clothing, dating back to the 1600’s. 20th century clothing wing on the ground floor appears to be shut off at present, but there’s a temporary exhibition of fab groovy 60’s wear by Mary Quant. Free entry. Bit of a way out of the city centre, but worth it if you're interested in this kind of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have been to the park many times previously on visits to the in laws but it is only recently that I have been inside due to the museum being closed. It is a real hidden gem and well worth a visit. A cultural afternoon spent in the Whitworth gallery nearby and an hour in the gallery of costume (although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We liked this place, it's a hidden gem within the park. The kids loved seeing the different fashion styles and it was nice to do something different

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

As a fashion student, this was a must. It didn't disappoint. Not the best museum I've ever been to but certainly interesting. I love the history of fashion anyway so this was right up my street

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