A black and white traditional diagram and illustration of a Singer treadle sewing machine E 5453 with parts labelled.
20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Modern History | Oral History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

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 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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Sewing Archaeology logo, copyright Carrie Henderson. An archaeological grid is overlaid on top of a cotton reel with a needle through the threads. Above is the word Sewing below is the word Archaeology.
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Sewing Archaeology: Deconstructing Clothes To Learn More About Them

Sewing Archaeology: the study of garments from the past in order to learn about the culture and practice of sewing See also:  The History of Fashion and Clothing, Material Culture, The History of Design.     The history of sewing  Sewing has been around since our ancestors stitched with bone needles and sinews for thread; […]

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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 black and white photo taken in 1968. A group of women walk purposefully along a street in Hull. They are all wearing coats and head scarves. At the front is Lillian Bilocca, the person leading the protest. Next to her is a policeman.
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Social History 1968 to 1969: The Headscarf Protest, Fashion Inertia and The Years Of Change

The Headscarf Revolutionaries by Brian Lavery had been on the must-read list since the early days researching the House of Mirelle. From information about Hull’s Headscarf Protest I turned to the history of the fishing industry and the Cod Wars. Lavery’s book sketched in the details in a work of such imagination and feeling, history came […]

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A Victorian building painted blue with the words The Hull Braves' Guild in blue writing above the windows at street level. From Hull.
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Hull History: Save The Hull Braves Guild Building From Demolition

Social media is a powerful thing and the Hull History Facebook pages are no exception, particularly for community action.  Jane Hitchin started a post on the Facebook page Old Hull  about saving a building that’s been on Hull’s skyline since the 19th century; the Hull Braves’ Guild. The picture at the top was of a wonderful […]

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A colour photo showing the bodice of a silver and tan tight fitting halter neck gown displayed on a mannequin. The image is copyright Carrie Henderson.
1950s Fashion | 1960s Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History of Couture | History Of Fashion Modelling | Kingston Upon Hull History | The House Of Mirelle

Donating Vintage Fashion: The House of Mirelle, Doree Leventhal and Robita Couture

This month has seen a couple of additions to the House of Mirelle collection. Both are eye catching, stunning examples of vintage fashion at its very best! The first is a gorgeous midnight blue dress which revealed the most surprising addition: a boned corset / bustier built into the bodice section lining. “How ingenious,” I […]

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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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Albion Street 1939. Looking down the road towards The Hull Royal Infirmary, a large brick air raid shelter sits in the middle. Some people walk along the left side. The clock says it's 25 to 8 a.m.
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Hull History: Picture Research Albion Street In 1939 and The Hull Blitz

In 1911 when Editor Tess Flanders said: “use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words,” she’d hit the nail on the head about the soon-to-be popularity of photography, videos and visual media that floods our lives today. A picture does speak a thousand words and picture research – looking at them closely and researching what […]

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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 of the most enjoyable aspects of having fashionable conversations is the associations they bring. 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 […]

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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 the conversation. “You’re right,” I replied, “I do 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 […]

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A woman stands in a Parisian street wearing Christian Dior's New Look. On her head is a Coolie Hat. She has a light coloured tight fitting jacket with the characteristic flare from the waist. The dark skirt is ballerina length and flared. She is wearing black gloves.
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When Cherry Marshall Met Seignon: Making A Model and The Face Of Susan Small.

Irene Pearson wouldn’t have become Cherry Marshall if it hadn’t been for Seignon – it took a chance meeting in 1946 to seal the deal. Long before a marriage to writer Emanuel Litvinoff – or Manny – gave her that lucky break, she responded to an advert in a Nottingham newspaper for a ‘model in […]

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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 black and white photo taken at a wedding. Marie marries in 1952 wearing a light blue wedding dress designed and made at Elsie Battle, Hull. The dress is a halter neck and the design was based on the wedding dress of Lady Mountbatten.
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Hull Fashion History: The House Of Mirelle Wouldn’t, So I Had My Wedding Dress Made By Elsie Battle Instead. A Story From 1952.

“I was born and worked in Hull,” says Marie Jubb as she starts her story. “I worked in a small office in a very big society on Lowgate but my bank was 3 or 4 doors away from The House Of Mirelle.” “I was a Jaeger girl, I loved their clothes. Working in the office I had […]

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Elka Couture Dress Hull Museums.
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Curious About Your House of Mirelle or Elka Couture Item? Susan Capes From Hull Museums Answers Your Questions

Hull Museums are situated in the grand old sector of the British city near to the River Hull.  The group of buildings house collections focusing on the rich and long cultural history of the once medieval city. In the Hull Museums catalogue, avid fashion researchers find it includes an Elka Couture dress. The museums also house hats and […]

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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 Forty […]

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