In recent years, second-hand and vintage clothing has enjoyed a resurgence of interest. In order to explore the inspiration behind historic designs, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is showcasing Curated Closet, a new exhibition, which explores 20th century fashion. The pieces have been carefully selected from more than 3,000 items in its historic costume collection.

At the same time, its sister museum, the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich, will explore bridal dresses through the decades using a series of photographs of some of the Grosvenor’s historic wedding dresses collection. 

Main image: 1940s wedding dress for Grosvenor Museum’s Curated Closet exhibition (taken at Stretton Mill). Credit: Kat Hannon Photography. 

Entry to Curated Closet at Chester’s Grosvenor Hall is free of charge, but booking may be required (depending on COVID-19 restrictions). For more information, or to book tickets, click here

For the exhibition at Lion Salt Works Museum, pre-booking may be required on 01606 275 066 (depending on COVID-19 restrictions). More information on both exhibitions can be found at