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The Ladies' Paradise

Museum, Norwood Gallery

Museum & Art Gallery

All day (during open hours)

FREE

Art & Heritage > Exhibitions

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About

Exploring the creation of consumer desire in early 20th century British fashion. The Ladies Paradise is an exhibition featuring illustrations by commercial artist, Ida Pritchard, alongside costume and accessories of the period, from the collections.

Edwardian department-store fashion viewed through the illustrations of artist Ida Pritchard (1889-1948).

This selection of fashion drawings are the work of Ida Pritchard, who was employed as a fashion illustrator by the London department store Peter Robinson’s of Oxford Street, c.1906-1914. The archive of her drawings was donated to Worthing Museum and Art Gallery by her family in 1993. Despite not receiving any further artistic training after leaving school, Ida worked for years as a commercial artist, producing images for advertisements which appeared in fashionable publications such as The Queen and The Ladies’ Field.

They provide a valuable glimpse into the working life of a female commercial artist in the period just before the First World War, which was the heyday of the West End department store. We know, for example, that Ida and her colleagues worked with live models. Frequently the subjects modelled in the large shop windows, wearing the latest fashions, while the illustrators sat in the windows and sketched them, drawing large crowds on the busy pavements outside.

Ida’s drawings skilfully capture the exaggerated characteristics of the feminine ideal of the 1900s and early 1910s, from the dramatically corseted “S” bend silhouette to the high-waist, tubular Empire line that challenged the hourglass style. The opulence of the Edwardian era, the layers of lace, feathers and furs are delicately modelled in a largely monochrome palette. Displayed alongside the fashion plates is a selection of dress from the museum collection, c.1900-1914, including pieces from Peter Robinson and other London department stores.

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Box Office

Currently closed for in person bookings.

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Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 2pm

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Walking

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Nearby

We are opposite Worthing Royal Mail Delivery Office, on the corner between Worthing Library and Worthing Town Hall.

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Public Transport

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Nearest Train Station

Worthing (WRH) station is 9 minutes walk away (0.4 miles). You can book train tickets and find access information on the National Rail website.

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Nearest Bus Stops

South Street (Stops J, K, L and M), Worthing, BN11 3AW are 5 minutes walk away (0.3 miles). For bus times and tickets please visit the Stagecoach website or call Travelline.

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Car

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Nearest Car Parks

Worthing NCP Car Park (BN11 1LG) is 3 minutes walk away (0.2 miles). As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.80

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Worthing High Street Multi-storey Car Park (BN11 1NY), above the Guildbourne Centre, is 6 minutes walk away (0.3 miles). As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.60, or Sunday rate approx. £3 for the whole day.

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Directions

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Coach / Taxi

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Drop Off / Pick Up

We do not have a dedicated coach parking space, however there is a bus stop outside the museum which taxis could use as a drop off point. If you have access requirements or would like to book our Assembly Hall coach space, please contact us.

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Nearest Coach Park

The Lido, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QJ is 8 minutes walk away (0.4 miles). There are numerous coach parking spaces along Marine Parade.

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Bicycle

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Bicycle Parking

Traditional bike stands are available just outside the venue. These are uncovered and unmonitored - left at owners risk.

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Access

All WTM venues have step free access. Allocated wheelchair user spaces and assistance dog spaces are available at most events, these must be booked via WTM Box Office for events within an auditorium. Hearing Assistance is available in all of our venues using an Infrared system. Audio description is available for most films. These services are available free of charge, please enquire on arrival at the venue. For more information or to discuss your access requirements before your visit, please visit our access page.