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The Harris Museum & Art Gallery Collaborates With Google and International Cultural Institutions

30th November 2017

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery collaborates with Google and international cultural institutions to unlock the world of fashion. 

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston is one of over 180 renowned cultural institutions invited to be part of Google Arts & Culture’s We Wear Culture digital project to create the world’s largest ever virtual exhibition of style. We Wear Culture uses state-of-the-art technology to enable viewers to explore 3,000 years of world fashion and discover the stories behind the clothes we wear today.

The Harris is the only museum in the North West to feature alongside an incredible rollcall of the world’s most stylish venues from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world. This collaboration with Google is one of a number of ways the Harris is using new technologies to bring the museum’s collections to life online.  And now, with the help of Google’s Street View, online visitors will now also be able to virtually walk through the Harris building for the first time. 

As part of the project 150 objects from the museum’s fashion collection are now available to explore on-line. The Harris is home to Lancashire’s finest collection of costume and textiles, housed in a fabulous Grade I listed building in the heart of Preston. There are over 6,000 items of men, women and children’s wear in our stores, alongside accessories, textiles and fashion plates.  The museum’s current fashion exhibition – Preston Street Style – maps clothes from the Harris collection against the city to see who wore what where in Preston.  The museum’s exhibitions are open seven days a week and are free of charge.

Highlights from the Harris collection now available on Google Arts & Culture We Wear Culture platform include:

  • Fabulous cotton frocks in amazing patterns by Horrockses Fashions;
  • Stunning textiles from the Textile Manufactures of India;
  • Quirky fancy dress outfits worn to Preston Guilds throughout the ages;
  • Fashion accessories such as shoes, hats and bags;
  • Underwear such as bustles, corsets and bust improvers;
  • Historic dress ranging from Georgian gowns, to Victorian crinolines, floaty flapper dresses and 1980s power clothes; 
  • Fashion plates showing how clothes were worn in the early 1800s;
  • And a teetering pair of Vivienne Westwood platform high heels from the 1990s.

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