Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design

Event date
21 Sep 2023 to 18 Feb 2024
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
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Event cost
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Booking required

Dispelling our monochrome idea of Victorian Britain discover a revolution of colour.

From dazzling dyes used in chic corsets and the flamboyant use of nature's beauty in exquisite jewellery, to the shimmering splendour of ceramics and bold experiments by avant-garde painters, rediscover Victorian society as a vibrant colour-filled era in this major new exhibition.

As Britain’s industrial revolution gained pace, new scientific breakthroughs allowed the Victorians to become increasingly revolutionary in their use of and values placed upon colour, with new hues greeted with both excitement and suspicion.

Featuring fashion pieces from Queen Victoria’s monotone mourning dress to the most daringly vivid clothing and accessories, works by artists including Ruskin, Rossetti and Whistler, and objects from around the world, this exhibition explores the vital role that colour has played in shaping our art and culture.