Marilyn Monroe Models Shocking Pink 1952 houseofmirelle.uk
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Fashion History: Think Pink! The Colour of the 1950s

(Our post has clips from two 1950s musicals. Plug in your headphones or turn your computer up loud to enjoy the songs-of-the-day.) Cover image. Marilyn Monroe, 1952. Bang on trend! Think Pink! sang the cast of Funny Face, the 1957 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Hepburn was what we’d now call an ‘Influencer’ […]

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Miriam Bibbero Johnson Front Cover Biography houseofmirelle.uk
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Books: Miriam Bibbero Johnson, A Biography of Hull’s Actress Entertainer.

The House of Mirelle was owned and run by women so it seems right to tell you about our first publication on International Women’s Day. Mira – pronounced Mirra – was an extraordinary woman famous in her own right before setting up and running Hull’s famous fashion house. An actress-entertainer she became a star on […]

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Blue suit by Jean Pratchett 1952 houseofmirelle.uk
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Guess The Year With Our Fashion History Game !

Are you a true fashionista !   Take a walk down memory lane with our fun fashion history quiz   Below are fifteen fine examples of Vintage fashion Can you guess the year…   Are you a true fashion history fashionista? Head over to our Facebook page to have fun guessing the answers and see […]

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July 1935 Thornton Varley Hull Advertises Cool Frocks For Hot Days
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Fashion History: Modelling in Hull between 1930s and 1950s and Modelling Today

The life of a fashion model seems impossibly glamorous, endless gorgeous clothes, runways and catwalks and camera flashes popping left right and centre as you go about your job. Models and modelling was present in Hull from the early days, as far back as the 1920s and 1930s. In fact it is only since the […]

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Black and white palette the favourite film houseofmirelle.uk
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Designing History: Sandy Powell’s Costumes and Material Culture in The Favourite

Thanks to The Favourite we are being swept away by a feverish love of all things 18th century. England’s Queen Anne and the exploits of her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill have got everyone talking. Director Yargos Lanthimos intended to stir up the past and Sandy Powell, costume designer for the film took his brief […]

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BBC Back to the factory the machinists laugh at the pink slips
1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Modern History | Reviews

Review: BBC2s Back In Time for the Factory Returns To Womens Working Life in 1968

11 or so ladies walk towards the doors of Valley West wearing an impressive array of 1960s fashions and expectant smiles. They are stepping back in time to experience what working life was like for garment factory workers, ladies who sat at industrial sewing machines for 8 hours at a stretch churning out clothing for […]

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A black and white traditional diagram and illustration of a Singer treadle sewing machine E 5453 with parts labelled.
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Oral History: Witness2Fashion’s Memory Of Using Treadle Sewing Machines

Recently we’ve been chatting to the person behind the fantastic blog Witness2Fashion  about all things ‘treadle sewing machine.’  Based in California you might expect a difference between the UK / Hull Yorkshire but I was struck by how similar they were. Treadles have the same charm wherever you were in the world when you sat and […]

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A 1950s illustration of a woman with short blonde hair, elbow length gloves and a short necklace walking from left to right along a catwalk. She is wearing a black strapless evening gown with full and flowing black skirt. The bodice and side panel is covered in gold rhinestones. She is carrying a gold clutch bag.
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Fashion Illustration: Watch The Film Drawing The 1940s to 1950s House Of Mirelle Evening Gown

Between circa 1949 and 1952 a black evening gown was sold at The House of Mirelle, a UK fashion house based in Hull. It was the golden age of fashion illustration when artists interpreted designs which were published in magazines, journals and newspapers. Watch our film to see how an artist might have illustrated the […]

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A clip from a 1950s British Pathe newsreel. A model stands on a catwalk wearing a light colored dress with 3 /4 length sleeves and a V bodice trimmed in black. The skirt is below knee length and straight, with pockets also lined in black.
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Fashion History: Mr Mintz of Linda Leigh Designs For The Fuller Figure

How curvy ladies were designed for in Fashion History …. The commentator of this British Pathe film points out that it’s nice to see women who aren’t entirely sylph like on the catwalk. 1950s Fashion You would be forgiven for thinking that fashion of the 1950s was all about slender lines, but Mr Mintz  designed […]

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The December 1973 cover of Illustrated London News showing the wedding dress of Princess Anne when she married Captain Mark Phillips.
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Hull History: May 1975 Princess Anne’s Modern Wedding Dress Designed By Maureen Baker Comes To Hull

Everyone loves a royal wedding but did you know Princess Anne’s has a special connection to Hull….. The wedding of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips  The marriage of Princess Anne on 14th November 1973 to Captain Mark Phillips was an occasion celebrated by the entire nation. Norman Hartnell  The big surprise was that Princess […]

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A circular colored logo. Inside are two men one wearing a blue suit and another wearing a yellow suit. Around the edges it says Three Day Millionaires. DVD by Historian Dr Alec Gill MBE. The photo has the street name Hessle Road added.
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Hull Social History: 3 Day Millionaires DVD by Dr Alec Gill

“My Dad was a skipper on the trawlers and if he’d had a good catch, he’d take Mum out and spend the money on her,” said Lynn. “Oh! A 3 Day Millionaire,” I said. “A what?” came the reply. “3 Day Millionaire,” I said. When there was no response from the other side, “um. When […]

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Social History: The Orphaned Singer Sewing Machine, Sewing Workrooms and The Culture Of Sewing Book

This week Harvard’s online Magazine published an article about a treadle sewing machine. The title was An Orphaned Sewing Machine and it was written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The link’s there if you’d like to read it. Ulrich and her colleague Ivan Gaskell were given an old Singer treadle sewing machine as a means of teaching […]

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About

(The film is “Fashion House”, a collection of clips from British Pathé, 1950-1969. It has no sound.)   Welcome to the House of Mirelle, a resource for you to learn about fashion history, social history and Hull’s fab fashion house!    The House Of Mirelle was a high end fashion house that existed in the […]

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Talks and Lectures

THE HOUSE OF MIRELLE HULL 1938-1978 Forty Years Of Fashion History Want to learn more about the history of The House of Mirelle in an interactive talk or teaching session?  The session includes research into Mirelle and Oral History – the voices of those who’ve contributed to the archive ‘in their own words.’ Subject areas […]

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