Fashion show at Cromford Mill

A fashion show is to be staged at Cromford Mill on Friday, July 20.

Notty Hornblower will be “Putting on the Ritz” at Cromford Mills tomorrow from 7pm to 9pm. The fashion show will feature a collection of beautiful gowns and vintage wedding dresses from the 1920s and 1930s.

Models will be wearing 1920s dresses embellished with bugle beads that have lavish art deco patterns, with accessories including ostrich boas in various lengths and colours. The 1930s tea gowns consist of delicate chiffon and crepe gowns in floaty designs. The finale of the show will feature a collection of vintage wedding dresses from the era.

Notty Hornblower has been presenting her fashion shows for 25 years. She began seriously collecting period costumes in her thirties and has now amassed a huge collection that includes outfits and accessories dating from 1790 up to the 1970s and which feature in her museum – the Hope House Costume Museum and Restoration Workshop.

Catherine Roth, Events Officer at Cromford Mills, says: “Putting on the Ritz” will showcase some of Notty Hornblower’s many costumes and we are delighted to be staging her show here at Cromford Mills.”

“Putting on the Ritz” will take place at the Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Mills, 7-9pm. Tickets cost £20 and include canapés and Pimms. Bookings must be made in advance. For further details please contact the Visitor Services department at Cromford Mills on 01629 825995 or visit

The Arkwright Society, which owns Cromford Mills, is an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford.