From 10th February until the end of March, the Castle will be exhibiting a selection of costumes from Debbie Murphy’s Missfit’s clothing collection which will be displayed along with replica historic costumes from the castle collection. It will be an exploration of continuity and change around garments over time regarding changing needs, social mobility, and improvements in production.
Debbie Murphy – Missfit Creations' Bio
‘A costumier, I employ traditional tailoring along with a variety of mending techniques to keep vintage clothing in circulation. Specialising in visible mending, I keep a zero waste policy ensuring that all aspects of a garment are restored or reworked into new designs.
Established in 2002, my business Missfit Creations recovers 100s of items of vintage clothing each year. A recent study by scientists at the Energy & BioProducts Research Institute based in Aston University established that this equates to approximately 9 tonnes CO2eq saved per annum.
With enough clothing on the planet currently to dress the next six generations, I have made a business out of recovering and refashioning old clothes. A keen interest in the pop culture and circulation of fashion drives my interest to keep garments in existence as long as possible and close the loop on fast fashion.’
February half term activities, 10th – 18th February
Kids of all ages can find out about contemporary and historic fashion and try-on replica historical dresses, coats, hats and bonnets from the Medieval and Victorian periods. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs or selfies in the dress up fashions within the period setting of the castle.
Children are also invited to take part in our historic costume quiz and have a go at paper doll making.
Fabric craft workshops: 10th, 14th and 18th February
Debbie Murphy will offer drop-in fabric craft workshops for visitors of all ages; making a range of items from fabric remnants to finger puppets.