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17 Oct 2019

Dressed to the Nines – Call for Photos

Whether you’re off to a formal do or a night out on the town with friends, clothes play an important part in special occasions. Some events have official dress codes, requiring you to wear certain things, such as a tie, tuxedo, hat or heels. Others require to you decide for yourself what will be the most appropriate outfit to wear. 

Many of us will have bought a new outfit especially for a particular event, feeling that nothing we have in our wardrobes already is suitable. The clothes we don for special occasions are often different to those we wear on a daily basis – they might be smarter, more glamorous, more heavily decorated, or less well-worn – and they often have special memories or stories attached.

In December 2019 a new temporary display on dressing up and going out from 1850 to the present day will open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Dressed to the Nines will feature a number of outfits for special occasions from the city’s dress collection, most of which have never been on display before, as well as a selection of objects from the works on paper collection. 

We want your photos

In preparation for this exhibition, we are looking for photos of people dressed to the nines in Birmingham, past and present. They might show you at a ball or formal civic event, dancing the night away in one of the city’s clubs, hanging out with your friends in a restaurant or bar, celebrating at a party, or wearing your best fancy dress outfit. These photos will help inform our research into the sartorial life of the city, and a selection of them may be placed on display in the exhibition. 

If you have a relevant photo which you are happy to share with us, you can send it to us via email, Twitter and Instagram (it should include the hashtag #DressedToTheNines).

Photos submitted must be of yourself. If photos also include other people that are clearly identifiable, you should gain permission from them before sharing with us.

Please include: what the occasion was, when the photo was taken, where it was taken (either the specific venue or the area of the city), and any additional information you think we might like to know about the clothes you were wearing.

All photo submitted may be used and reproduced by Birmingham Museums for the exhibition, social media, marketing and reporting.