Freddie Mercury cape replica to be featured in fashion exhibition
A replica of Freddie Mercury’s iconic cape is set to go on display at a new fashion exhibition.
A replica of the famous coat worn by the former Queen frontman was created by fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, 83, and will be displayed at Salisbury Museum as part of the ‘Fashioning Our World’ exhibition, co-curated by the group of young fashion fans.
Katy England, project manager for the show, told the BBC: “Working with young people on this exhibition has been amazing.
“We’ve discovered so many stories in the collection’s continuity, we can’t wait for people to see them.”
The exhibition will see ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ judge Patrick Grant open the event on 10 February, and will feature other items that tell “powerful” stories of sustainability and environmental awareness.
As well as repurposed exhibits, the show will feature the work of industry-leading and up-and-coming fashion designers, sustainability experts and students, set to be displayed in a series of miniature mannequins.
Salisbury Museum’s fashion collection includes more than 3,500 items from the past 300 years.
Previously, some of Queen frontman Freddie’s belongings were sold, including his Yamaha piano and the manuscript for Bohemian Rhapsody, which fetched £1.74 million and £1.38 million respectively.
The exhibition project was funded by an £87,828 grant awarded from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections fund, awarded by the Museums Fund, and supported by Wessex Museums.