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Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians


The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 21 Apr 2023 - Sunday, 8 Oct 2023)

Our exciting exhibition explores what the Georgians wore, from the practical dress of laundry maids to the glittering gowns worn at court.

Dazzling ★★★★★

The Telegraph

Exhibition trailer ©

Discover what fashion can tell us about life in 18th-century Britain, a revolutionary period of trade, travel and technology which fuelled fashion trends across all levels of society. Delve into the Georgians’ style story and get up close to magnificent paintings, prints and drawings by artists including Gainsborough, Zoffany and Hogarth, as well as luxurious textiles, sparkling jewellery, and a range of accessories from snuff boxes to swords.

The exhibition reveals how the Georgians ushered in many of the cultural trends we know today, including the first stylists and influencers, the birth of a specialised fashion press and the development of shopping as a leisure activity.

Exhibition highlights

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Queen Charlotte (1744-1818)

BATMC I.09.1406 to 8

Court dress

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Johann Christian Fischer (1733-1800)

Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

New-Invented Elastic Breeches.

Attributed to British School, 18th century

St James's Park and the Mall

Attributed to the studio of François-Hubert Drouais (1727-75)

Madame de Pompadour (1722-64)

Getting the Georgian look ©

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk). 

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.