The “Followers of Fashion — Painting Exhibition”, comprises 15 paintings which illustrate the development of fashionable dress from the Empire-line style of the early 1800s, through Victorian and Edwardian modes and wartime fashions, to those of the 1950s and 1960s. The paintings depict women dressed in tea gowns, ball gowns, ensembles for engagements, ‘walking out costume’ and mourning attire. In the nineteenth century, the middle classes acquired sufficient finances to have their portraits painted in the latest fashions. The sophistication of women’s clothing increased in the twentieth century, but was interrupted by the two World Wars. However, glamour returned in the 1950s.
Paintings by several Irish artists will be on view, including John Lavery, Sean O’Sullivan, Leo Whelan and Dermod O’Brien as well as works by less familiar European artists. The paintings have been selected from the National Gallery of Ireland’s permanent collection.