Uniform Exhibit D Day Museum Southsea houseofmirelle.uk
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75 Years Since the D-Day Landings – We Remember the Legacy of WW2 Today

Southsea, Portsmouth was no different from anywhere else in the country in what it endured during World War 2 but was extraordinary for its role in the D Day landings to liberate Europe from the Nazis.  On the shoreline of Southsea beach is the D Day Story, commemorating the role of the Landings that took […]

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Harrogate Map Dress BBC houseofmirelle.uk
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Fashion History: The Silk Route – Secret WW2 Escape and Evade Maps Used To Make Clothes

World War II was a time of extaordinary hardship at home and abroad, millions fighting against Axis forces across the world. But it was also a time of great ingenuity, no more so when the British Government equipped men to do their jobs by using maps printed on silk. Woven by silkworms the sheer fabric […]

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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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Bunty Annual 1969 Interest in Dressmaking Would Do Better houseofmirelle.uk
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1969 Bunty Annual: The Story of Dressmaking and Sewing In the Classroom

  Bunty was a teen comic grabbed from shelves in the local newsagents between 1958 and 2001. Pages were full of fictional stories for youngsters aged 14 years old and under. In the days before computers took over from pencil, pen and ink the comic strips were hand drawn. Girls and their friends, parents and teachers […]

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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 header image for the House Of Mirelle lecture The House of Mirelle: Forty Years Of Fashion History. Twitter @houseofmirelle Facebook @houseofmirelle
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Public Talks: House Of Mirelle At Hull History Centre 14th November 2017 12:30 to 1:30

We are thrilled to be sharing the story of The House of Mirelle during the Tell The World season in the UK City of Culture. Totally, completely and utterly free for anyone to attend the talk is from 12:30 to 1:30 on Tuesday 14th November at Hull History Centre part of their lunchtime club. Come […]

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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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A colour photo of a newspaper article titled Mystery of Hull wedding dress found in Australia. The article talks about a fifties frock that ended up in a charity shop in Perth, but do you know its owner?
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Perth Australia House Of Mirelle Wedding Dress

Listen to the interview on BBC Radio Humberside breakfast show here – click on ‘listen in browser’ if you do not have SoundCloud: Do you recognise this wedding dress? Throughout the youth-quake of the 1950s Hull newspapers ran adverts selling tickets to emigrate to Australia; the cost of the ticket to this brand new life […]

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A color watercolour drawing of an imaginary sewing pattern cover. The top in rounded red and white writing says 60s Miss. Taille. Size 10. Pattern Patron. Underneath is a drawing of a women who looks like Jackie Kennedy wearing a burnt orange dress. The fabric is textured and she is wearing low heeled shoes. The logo says Designed And Made In Hull.
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Fashion History: Marjorie Field, Fashion Flats, Fashion Illustration and The House of Mirelle

One enjoyable aspect to having fashionable conversations is the associations it brings… They can be personal – recollecting the occasion an outfit was worn at, historical – what was happening in  the world at the time or creative and cultural – what it said about the fashion industry, for instance. A few weeks ago, having a […]

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Simplicity patterns 3914. Miss Size 16 bust 36. Lovely early 1960s dresses with full skirts and different styles of textiles.
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Hull Fashion History: Dressmaking In The Early 1960s – A Misses Burnt Orange Cotton Dress

“Not burnished, burnt,” said Louise in the middle of a conversation. “You’re right,” I replied, “I like the word burnished and burnt orange is one of my most favourite colours you see. I’ve even got it at home.” Louise grabbed my attention by sharing a fascinating snippet from when she was a teenager. Her mother had […]

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A black and white photo of 3 women wearing long 1930s style gowns and hats. Each are the same length but with different designs and fabrics. They stand in garden in Hull. Elaine on the far right wears a long white dress possibly for a debutante ball.
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Hull History: Model Florence Elaine Wiberg; The Start Of A Fashionable Family In 1930s Hull

“Aunt Freda is on the left – she was the oldest of 6 children and mother is on the right,” says Louise MacFarlane, “Aunt Dor [Doris] in is the center.” Louise MacFarlane is the daughter of 1930s model Florence Elaine Wiberg, known as Elaine. She was perfectly placed in 1930s Hull to be spotted and […]

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Betty Bartlett, Hull Dressmaker marries in 1942 wearing a knee length Turquoise dress she made herself, matching her red hair.
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Beatrice Betty Bartlett, Dressmaker: 40 Years Of Design and Dressmaking In Hull, UK

Anne Kettley talks of her mother’s dressmaking skills with pride: “she didn’t know how to do anything else,” she explains, “but working at the House Of Mirelle must have been the start of it all.” “She couldn’t do embroidery, knitting or tapestry, all she could do was designing and making clothes. “We never had to […]

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A color photo showing a pink Vintage dressmaking zip by Lightning. 3 different types of dressmaking pin holders are nearby, one from Kirby Steel which cost 1 shilling and 3 pence - it is before 1971.
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Hull History: Jackson’s Tailors In Whitefriargate Hull – Dressmaking Pins For A Farthing Change

An Hullensian called Alison had an interesting snippet of information. She said: “I don’t know if this is relevant but my Mum said if you bought something from a fashion house or haberdashers and your change was a farthing or a ha’penny, the assistant would ask you if you would ‘like to take pins’ instead […]

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Archive

The Mirelle Historic Archive is a collection of items associated with the history of The House of Mirelle.  It contains: photographs newspaper clippings fashion articles fashion show programmes clothing – modern costume fashion illustrations personal mementos interviews and oral history   Items from the archive are part of the lecture The House of Mirelle 1938-1978 […]

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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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