18th century dress on a mannequin
Shapely calves and tiny waists: 18th century fashion @ the Walker Art Gallery

The most recent fashion display: Dressed to Impress – Fashion in the 18th Century at the Walker Art Gallery inspires two parallel emotions: awe at the craftsmanship and intricacy of the pieces in the show; and gratitude that we weren’t born in an age that requires corsets (ladies) and padded stockings (gents) for those shapely waists and calves. Maja Lorkowska talked to Pauline Rushton,  Senior Curator at National Museums Liverpool to find out more.