The Bowes Museum has opened the first in a series of special capsule fashion collections with a carefully curated selection of high end everyday designer wear from the late 20th Century.

A pair of Christian Louboutin high heel court shoes, black strappy high heel Jimmy Choo sandals and Versace kitten heel satin mules are on show at the Barnard Castle venue thanks to the retired Berwick upon Tweed businesswoman Pamela Brewis, who has donated a number of items from her wardrobe.

She bought some of the items from boutiques and department stores in the North East and others were gifts from her husband Thomas, such as the pink Moschino skirt suit with pearl bauble buttons which she wore on honeymoon in Portugal, pictured.

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The exhibition, 20th Century Passion for Fashion, includes items of clothing and shoes that Pamela bought or made in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s.

“Each item in my collection holds a special memory, which is why I kept them and wanted them to be saved,” said Pamela. “I knew that The Bowes Museum would have the skills and expertise to preserve them.

“It feels a little weird to be honest to have quietly collected these things over the last 40 years, carefully storing them away not quite knowing what would become of them, to now know they will have their time in the spotlight.”