Fashion through the ages to be sold at theatre

From left, Katie Thompson, Attia Law, Caius Law and Lucy Connor model clothes from a variety of eras.

From left, Katie Thompson, Attia Law, Caius Law and Lucy Connor model clothes from a variety of eras. - Credit: Richard Batson

From renaissance ruffs to 80s spandex, the annals of fashion history are filled with the weird and the wonderful. 

And now sartorial trends from Middle Ages to modern times are to be sold in a special event at Sheringham Little Theatre. 

The clothes will be sold on Sunday, July 17 as part of a fundraiser for the theatre.

Libby Henshaw, the venue's wardrobe trustee, said: "The wardrobe began more than 50 years ago in the attic of someone connected with the theatre but has grown to house thousands of items used by professional and amateur drama groups as well as the general public.

"We continue to have a strong link with the theatre and were keen to help its current fundraising campaign as it rebuilds after Covid closure.  

"We are proud to be part of the theatre family and wanted to help."
There will be historical costumes from medieval to Edwardian times, music and fashion from 1920s flappers to 1980s new romantics, as well as themes on wartime, glamour, and everyday street life, plus a panto finale. 

Debbie Thompson, theatre director, said visitors to the sale would be able to buy some truly unique items.

Ms Thompson said: "The wardrobe has been an enormous help over many years and we are very grateful for them staging 
this show to help our funds recover.

"It will be fun and a chance to grab some unusual fashion bargains at the sale." 

There is free entry to the sale, which will run from 11am to 3pm.
The theatre had originally planned to run a show on the preceding Friday evening at which the clothes were to be modelled, but this has now been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.