17th Century fashion explored at the Merchant’s House

Written by Peter Davison.

Mr and Mrs BaylyMr and Mrs BaylyFashion in the 17th Century will be explored during a special event hosted by ‘Mr and Mrs Bayly’ at The Merchant’s House on Tuesday, September 20 from 6.30pm.

From rigid bodices and starched ruffs to skin-showing sleeves and fitted breeches, attendees will learn how clothing went from being restrictive and decorative, to comfortable and simple – and back again.

The event is part of the 25th anniversary of the Merchant’s House Trust, formed in 1991, when Marlborough's young men wore flannel shirts and ripped jeans, and the girls contrasted baby doll dresses with Doc Martens.

Tickets are free for Friends of the Merchant’s House, and £5 for everyone else.