Manchester Gallery of Costume charity event, Platt Fields, Rusholme

PUBLISHED: 12:12 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:56 20 February 2013

Tom Wilkins, Janet Quest, Miles Lambert, Roger Dawson Smith, Andy Wilkins, Gwen Oakden, Chris Wilkins, Linda Dawson Smith, Mike Wilkins and Kelly Wrighton

Tom Wilkins, Janet Quest, Miles Lambert, Roger Dawson Smith, Andy Wilkins, Gwen Oakden, Chris Wilkins, Linda Dawson Smith, Mike Wilkins and Kelly Wrighton

If you love fashion and history what could be better than winning a private behind-the-scenes tour of Manchester's Gallery of Costume with the opportunity to rifle through their fascinating closets and exhibits?

If you love fashion and history what could be better than winning a private behind-the-scenes tour of Manchesters Gallery of Costume with the opportunity to rifle through their fascinating closets and exhibits?


Andy and Christine Wilkins, from Timperley, who won such a prize were thrilled hear that their unusual afternoon would also be featured on the social pages of Cheshire Life.


The Wilkins bid at the Platt Hall fundraising summer party in June to win the opportunity to take 10 guests into the archives. All proceeds from the evening went to Manchester Art Gallery Trust, the charity that supports the work of Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume.


The couple took with them their sons Tom and Mike and Mikes American girlfriend Kelly, and friends John and Maureen Oakden. They all enjoyed an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the Gallery of Costume, within the grounds of Platt Fields, Rusholme.

There are over 20,000 items in the collection, the second largest in the UK. Its filled with vintage couture dresses - even one or two worn by Audrey Hepburn - exquisite shoes and to-die-for bags.

Photography by Kirsty Thompson

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