vintage fashion show norwich

Vintage fashion comes to Norwich’s Guildhall in September as part of the national annual Heritage Open Days (HODs) festival, which is co-ordinated in Norwich by the Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART). This year’s festival runs 10th to 13th September with events celebrating Norfolk’s and Norwich’s fantastic heritage.

Taking place on Friday 11th September and presented by the Costume and Textile Association for Norfolk Museums (C&TA), the fashion show will feature garments dating from 1920 to 1980 modelled by volunteers. The show is followed by an exhibition, which will feature vintage fashion and Norwich shawls from the 19th century.

A variety of outfits from six decades will feature in the show, ranging from elegant flapper dresses and beachwear from the 1920s, to romantic 50s gowns and flowing 70s dresses.

The Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty will be donating their time to the event, providing retro make-up and hair styling to show the vintage garments at their very best.

vintage fashion show norwich

2015 marks the 21st anniversary nationwide of the Heritage Open Days scheme, and HEART has co-ordinated Heritage Open Days in Norwich since 2004. Last year the trust was named the top HODs organiser in England.

The national HODs campaign theme for this year is ‘Do Something New’ with a focus on refreshing, reinvigorating and reinterpreting local HODs locations, sites and events. Norwich and Norfolk this year offer over 75 new events, as well as many old favourites.

Jo Archer, HODs Project Lead at HEART, said: “We’re delighted to be doing something new at The Guildhall this year for Heritage Open Days. With the help of the Costume and Textile Association and some wonderful volunteer models, we look forward to bringing Norwich’s proud textile heritage to life for one special day of the long heritage weekend. Pre-book events, including the fashion show, are proving popular this year, so make sure to book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.”

Joy Evitt, Chair of the C&TA, said: “As an independent charity we are very keen to promote the astonishing textile heritage that Norwich developed over hundreds of years. It is a real pleasure to link up with HEART to display both Vintage Fashion and some of Norwich’s incredible shawls from the 19th century in The Guildhall. It is what we are all about, promoting textiles in Norwich and helping, when possible, to conserve and expand the collection in the Norfolk Museums. We are looking forward to Friday 11th September and a great day with HEART!”

Some Heritage Open Day events – including the fashion show – require pre-booking and, due to their popularity and limited capacity, it is recommended this is done as soon as possible. However, for over half of the events, such as the fashion exhibition at The Guildhall, no pre-booking is required and visitors can just drop in on the day – check the brochure or the website for further details.

The Council Chamber at The Guildhall Norwich
The Council Chamber at The Guildhall Norwich

The Heritage Open Days events brochure for Norwich and Norfolk is out now and available across Norfolk or to download from, where you can also request tickets for many pre-book events. For more information visit or follow @norwichheart#NorwichHODS and #NorfolkHODs on Twitter and Norwich HEART on Facebook.


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