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Exhibition to explore the changing role of women by their wears


Fashion is a representation of culture and a reflection of social life style. Women's wears in Hong Kong have no exception. Fashions of different eras have their different characteristics, and they also mirror the change of the social status of women in changing times.

Starting from this Sunday (March 2), the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Heritage Museum) will present the "Fashion Parade: Women's Wears in Changing Hong Kong", the last but not the least performance of "Women Festival", to explore the changing role of Hong Kong women through fashion parade, video documentary and clothings display.

In view of the changing role of women in Hong Kong, the Heritage Museum organises a series of exhibitions and educational activities under the theme of "Women Festival" in 2002 and 2003 with the aims to examine the gender implications from various angles, to celebrate the contributions of women, to search for women's identity and to explore the situations and expectations of women in the new century.

The fashion parade, one major part of the "Fashion Parade: Women's Wears in Changing Hong Kong", will be held at 2.30 pm and 4 pm this Sunday (March 2) at the Function Place on the first floor of the Heritage Museum. The parade will be presented under two main themes, "Age of Cheongsam" and the "Back to A-go-go", to show audience the women's wears of two different periods in Hong Kong.

Running from March 2 to April 28, the clothings display will depict the impact of local fashion from a social and historical perspective through featuring representative clothing of different eras. Meanwhile, a video programme with interviews of several local renowned fashion designers, including Judy Mann, Vera Waters, Frankie Ng, Walter Ma and Benny Yeung, will also be featured during the exhibition period to further enhance the viewers' knowledge of the history and cultural implication of local women's wears.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays and public holidays. It closes on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Admission fee is $10, with half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission on Wednesdays is free. Moreover, there are free shuttle-bus services available between KCR Sha Tin Station and the Museum from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and from 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Details of the Women Festival exhibition series are now available on the Heritage Museum's website: For enquiries, please call 2180 8188.

End/Monday, February 24, 2003

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