BIGGAR and Upper Clydesdale Museum Community presents an exhibition with style - and some huge bloomers - all from the last century and beyond.

'Dress to Impress, From Functional to Fabulous' is the newest fashion exhibit available at Biggar Museum, open throughout October right up to Sunday, November 17.

Volunteers from the museum are at the forefront of the exhibit, which features clothing and accessories from the 19th and 20th Century. Each outfit was curated by the volunteers, showcasing some amazing never-before-seen pieces.

Within the fashionable treasure trove is the late Mrs Agnes Cuthbertson's wedding dress. She married James Cuthbertson, the late owner of Cuthbertson Engineering in Biggar in 1936.

The collection is also home to the clothes belonging to the late Valda Grieve. Grieve was the wife of poet, Christopher Grieve, who used the pen-name Hugh MacDiarmid, they lived in Biggar for over 35 years.

Valda's flamboyance is displayed proudly through her brightly coloured clothes and statement jewellery, including her orange kaftan (pictured).

To educate visitors on the best Victorian laundry practices is a display on nightwear and undergarment care featuring the biggest pair of bloomers the Borders has ever seen.

The functionality of the clothes on display will be shown further through a series of photographs documenting the changes outfits for different purposes have undergone over the years.

The exhibition has also been perfectly timed to coincide with the Biggar Little Festival which officially began on Thursday, October 17. Extending beyond the festival, the Dress to Impress is certainly an installation not to be missed.

All contained within the Special Exhibition Room, the exhibit is open in line with the museum's normal opening hours and entry fees.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm) and Sundays 11am to 5pm. Entry costs are: Adults - £5, Concessions - £4, Children - £2 and Family tickets - £12.

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