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I had a very pleasant interlude, after meeting an old friend for lunch on a sunny April afternoon. The Loft, Bath – just near the top of Milsom St. on a pedestrian steep st around the corner from the Assembly Room/Costume museum, now named the Fashion museum. The Loft is a good place for Salads and soups of the day and great home cooking; i had the Lemon torte, my friend ate an old favourite Chocolate Brownie, a relief and pleasurable after her Lent of forgoing chocolate .

The museum has two new Exhibitions a look at Georgian people and who wore what sort of clothing, shown within their basement rooms at the home of the fashion archive and also includes a new display of the Life in Fashion drawings of Belleville Sassoon, Fashion Designer and Couturier to Diana, Princess of Wales and many other noted Royals and members of the Aristocracy. Jeannie of Canarvon, Dowager Countess from Highclere near my home ( aka. Downton Abbey, she’s a real Countess who was born in America) and loaned her own white ball gown which was a summery eyelet embroidered dress of simplicity, the Princess Royal loaned her famous Wedgwood Blue suit, an exquisite example of Sassoon’s pearl & bead embroidery Chanel shaped short jacket , worn for the Sarkozy presidential State visit & it had matching Cameo ladies . Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Henry (Harry) have lent a selection of their mother Diana’s wardrobe, from her charming Salmon pink going-away suit with slender dress and bolero jacket surrounded by sketches of her dresses including some maternity ones with « Yes, please » and ticks from their mum and rather charming girlish notes saying thankyou for her new clothes. We also saw some slinky red numbers by another of Sassoon’s designers for different glamorous 1990s evenings and one sexy number in particular was worn by Jerry Hall.