Exhibition Archives: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

The American stock market collapsed on 29 October 1929. After a slight upwards movement, the market collapsed again. The ensuing financial crisis became one of the defining moments of US history as an entire country’s economy came down like a house of cards. The Great Depression had global implications as the effect of the economic downturn spread like a … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

Volunteer Voices: NHS Uniforms Through the 20th Century

The Fashion and Textile Museum is extremely fortunate to work with many talented volunteers. We’ve been keeping in touch with our volunteer team digitally during our closure and we’re pleased to be sharing their fabulous contributions to the Fashion and Textile Museum Blog with regular first Volunteer Voices posts. All across the news these days … Continue reading Volunteer Voices: NHS Uniforms Through the 20th Century

Download: For Fans of the Fan

Fans were a popular accessory throughout the 20th century. Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles were fashionable, advertising fans became big business and ostrich and peacock feather fans became de rigueur among high society. While fans may have waned in popularity today, we’re sure they’ll still make a beautiful backdrops for your designs – or … Continue reading Download: For Fans of the Fan

Let’s Face The Music And Dance: 1930s Shopping and Style

While we navigate our path through this uncharted territory, we should not underestimate the power of fashion in our daily struggle to maintain our equilibrium. Whether we want to cocoon ourselves in comforting layers, or lift our spirits by flouncing around the house in our most glamorous glad rags, our choices of clothing not only … Continue reading Let’s Face The Music And Dance: 1930s Shopping and Style

Exhibition Archives: The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

Introduction Bellville Sassoon, founded in 1953 as Bellville et Cie by Belinda Bellville, projected an image of sophisticated, glamorous dressing through 50 years of fashion. From its first youthful, pretty collections created by Bellville as a response to the serious, staid dressmaking of Mayfair to its flattering eveningwear and spectacular red-carpet looks, the company was … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

Volunteer Voices: Women’s Workout Wear of the 20th Century

The Fashion and Textile Museum is extremely fortunate to work with many talented volunteers. We've been keeping in touch with our volunteer team digitally during our closure and we're pleased to begin sharing their fabulous contributions to the Fashion and Textile Museum Blog with our very first Volunteer Voices post. Womenswear worn for sports and … Continue reading Volunteer Voices: Women’s Workout Wear of the 20th Century

Couture Inside Out: Bellville Sassoon

One of our most popular and long-running workshops is Couture Inside Out. This workshop is the rare opportunity to join the Museum’s exhibitions team to view the ins and outs of couture construction; to take an up-close and intimate look at selected garments from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection. While we can’t bring this … Continue reading Couture Inside Out: Bellville Sassoon