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Textiles Students Step Back in Time

11 March 2016

On the first Wednesday in March, Lucy Adlington’s presentation of fashion in the 1950’s and 1960’s was both entertaining and informative. She is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker and set the era in its historical context  of the race to land on the Moon and changing popular musical styles.  It was fascinating to explore how fashions from the 1940’s developed into the styles of the 1950’s: very full skirts, supported by petticoats dipped in sugar water. We were also shown original garments from the era including a Hartnell gown made of black lace.

Lucy Adlington talked about cultural changes in UK that gave rise to Teenage styles and culture.  She also showed garments designed by Mary Quant and Zandra Rhodes made in brightly coloured fabrics.  Members of the audience, from the Sixth Form and Textiles study groups, were invited to try on some of the garments and hats which added to everyone’s enjoyment of the event.

It was fantastic to have the opportunity to get close to some iconic fashion pieces and have an expert demonstrate the hallmarks of fashion of the 50’s and 60’s, as this era is part of the A-Level Textiles course. 

A-Level Textile students

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