17th April - 4th September 2015
The word threads has been a slang term for clothing since the 1920s. It also describes the extraordinary variety of textile fibres from which our clothing is made.
From the development of the earliest semi-synthetic fibres in the second half of the 19th century, manufacturers have continued to create and improve the threads from which garments are made. The ability of plastics based fibres to insulate, protect, shape, and enhance the human form is a significant characteristic of the many man-made textiles that exist today.
This exhibition looks as some of the uses of semi-synthetic and synthetic fibres over the last century in everyday and specialist clothing.
Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)