This morning we had a lecture by Natalie Raw who is a curator of dress and textiles at leeds museum. She came to talk to us about the current exhibition at Lotherton Hall called ‘the age of glamour’.
Natalie also talked to us about fashion in the 1950’s, which is pretty relevant to us as that is what our first module is on.
She talked a lot about Christian Dior, in particular the ‘new look’. Fashion in the 1940’s was very different to the 1950’s. The devastation of world war 2 meant their was a shortage of materials for clothing and manufaction and production came to a halt. As the restriction of the war came to an end people wanted a distraction and a new idea of fashion emerged. Dior’s designs helped the fifties become an age of glamour.
‘Bar’ by Christian Dior 1947
Horrockses was a cotton and yarn company which Natalie mentioned briefly. Horrocks was a houshold name in the 1950’s producing cotton dresses with fun prints at lower costs.