Taking inspiration from history...

Inspired by Gainsborough...Young fashion designers and their creations.
Inspired by Gainsborough...Young fashion designers and their creations.

Five young designers have created period costumes after being inspired by a collection of paintings at a Sudbury museum.

Working with an specialist costume maker, the young designers looked at paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, at Gainsborough’s House, and then went on to design and make their own costumes.

The outfits were displayed to the public at a free fashion show at the museum on Saturday.

Undertaken as part of an initiative organised by the Association of Suffolk Museums, in partnership with five regional museums, the project aims to encourage young people to get involved with Suffolk heritage.

The period costume project at Gainsborough’s House used fashion to inspire young people.

Brian Moody, chairman of Gainsborough’s House Society, said: “It has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved and really brings to life the times in which Thomas Gainsborough lived.”

The costumes are now part of a permanent collection at the museum, encouraging members of the public to try on the outfits and imagine what life was like when the 18th century artist was alive.