Dressed to Kill: Fashion, Costume and Dress in Scottish Art

Dressed to Kill:  Fashion, Costume and Dress in Scottish Art


Dressed to Kill showcases how Scottish artists have captured fashion, costume and dress over the years, from the late 17th century to the present day.

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Who is this for? - All
Dates: 15 June 2013 - 29 September 2013
Cost: Free

The exhibition includes portrayals of a whole range of different types of costume, from mundane everyday working clothes to the most elaborate fashionable dress. There is an inevitable focus on the depiction of women and women’s costume but other sections will look at men’s clothing, children’s costume, headgear, working clothes and uniforms.

Central to the exhibition are the City Art Centre’s two iconic Colourist portraits, J.D. Fergusson’s The Blue Hat and F.C.B. Cadell’s The Black Hat, both showing young women dressed up to the nines in the height of Edwardian fashion. The exhibition will also include works by Allan Ramsay, Henry Raeburn, E.A. Hornel, John Lavery, J.H. Lorimer, John Duncan, Stanley Cursiter, John Bellany, Adrian Wiszniewski, David Williams and Moyna Flannigan.

Selected to complement Coming into Fashion, the exhibition is drawn from the City Art Centre’s nationally Recognised collection of Scottish Art and includes paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture. A wide ranging and varied activity and education programme will complement the City Art Centre’s summer exhibitions.


Image: Detail from Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell: The Black Hat, 1914
City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

Spotlight Tours
: These 30 minute tours will focus on key works in the exhibition.

Saturday, Tuesday and Friday at 3pm. Meet in the gallery reception area.

Virtual Tour: Enter your email address and click on the link sent to your inbox to see our very own Ernie give an online tour of the exhibition. Your email address will not be passed on to third parties.