Houseofirelle.uk Front View Bodice Elka Couture 1970s Dress
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Fashion History: 1970s Brightly Coloured Elka Couture Dress

We’re very lucky to have a new donation we thought you’d love to see, bet your eyes are popping at how gorgeous it is! The story about how it came into our hands is true of how many vintage clothes end up in people’s wardrobes, a happy accident looking through the shelves in a second […]

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HouseofMirelle.uk a Frank Usher late 1960s Maxi Dress
1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | Fashion History Kingston upon Hull | House of Mirelle Clothing Collection | Modern History | Textile and Fabric History | The House Of Mirelle | Vintage Fashion

Fashion History: Researching the House of Mirelle Clothing Collection – A Frank Usher Late 1960s Dress

The House of Mirelle was a fashion house with taste. Over the 40 years it was open customers bought a glittering array of clothes, hats and shoes from some of the most well known labels of the time. The list of what was sold at Mirelle is a roll-call of some of the most famous […]

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Amy Johnson Jim Mollison Set Out for Cape Town 1932
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Social History: Husband of Amy Johnson Jim Mollison the Flying Scotsman Commemorated in Surbiton Surrey

Amy Johnson was used to looking at life from a distance of miles. She and her husband Jim Mollison saw the world spread out beneath them as they zoomed from England breaking records for long distance flights. She was famous, so was he. In the 1930s they became the original glamour couple talked and written […]

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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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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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Picture of Jameson Street towards British Home Stores Old Hull
20th Century History | Fashion History Kingston upon Hull | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Material Culture | Oral History | Social History

S.O.S. Give Your Memories Of Hull’s Co-Op BHS and 3 Ships Mural to SAVE OUR SHIPS!

As a child Esther’s father told his daughter stories of the deep sea waters he fished in and the rise and fall of the city of Hull that was their home.   Sipping cafe drinks they sat in front of a building so large its front curved all the way left and all the way […]

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Edwin Davis Building 2016 houseofmirelle.uk
Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Modern History | Oral History | Social History | The Hull Blitz

Retail History: We Remember Edwin Davis on Bond Street Hull

Bulldozers pointing towards Edwin Davis in the centre of Hull makes us consider its legacy. To some the square-shaped red bricks are an eyesore, a defunct relic but for others memories of the iconic landmark are as ingrained as shopping trips with their mothers, walks around the city centre and fond recollections of Hull’s past. […]

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July 1935 Thornton Varley Hull Advertises Cool Frocks For Hot Days
1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 20th Century Fashion | Fashion History | Fashion History Kingston upon Hull | History Of Fashion Modelling | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Vintage Fashion

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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If Walls Could Talk – 114 Coltman Street Tells Us The Story of Hull’s Charitable Past

Coltman Street runs at right angles from Hull’s Hessle Road up to the other running west from the city centre, Anlaby Road. In days past Hessle Road thrived, fuelled by shipping and fishing in the UK’s third port but the Cod Wars of the 1960s and 70s ran the area to ground, town planning eventually taking […]

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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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Princess Eugenie Wedding Dress HouseofMirelle.uk
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Sew Retro: Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress Something Borrowed From The 1950s in Inspiration

Little did we know when the October wedding of Princess Eugenie was announced she would turn straight to the 1950s for inspiration. Designed by British Peter Pilotto & Christopher De Vos  the duo behind label Peter Pilotto created a dress so 1950s we can almost hear ‘Love Is A Many Splendored Thing’ playing. In the early to […]

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BBC Back to the factory the machinists laugh at the pink slips
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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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Book Review: Life In Hull From Then Till Now by Kay Pearson: A Fascinating Look Back on Women’s Lives.

Kay Pearson loved music throughout her life, playing piano in music halls, theatre, dance halls and people’s homes. Her book was published in 1978 after a feature about her life in the Hull Daily Mail. She was asked to finish the book, people as tickled by her story as the ivories Kay played from childhood. […]

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Historic Hammonds, Hull’s Iconic Department Store

Hammonds, Hull’s iconic department store sails like a great ocean liner on Paragon Square. It greets shoppers and visitors as soon as they arrive at Paragon Station, saying ‘come in here.’ Carl Hammond established his drapery store – selling cloth and individual items – in 1821. Then the city of Hull was very different from […]

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A poster for Betty a play at Harrogate Theatre on 7th April 2018. Tickets from the box office at Harrogate Theatre.
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Performance: “Betty” At Harrogate Theatre 7th April: Revealing The Woman Behind Dementia’s Mask

There are many different ways to tell someone’s life story and “Betty,” a play coming to Harrogate Theatre on April 7th is extraordinary. Created by a member of her family Actor Louise Henry woke one morning having had a powerful dream. It was of a old lady living alone. When she sat back and thought about […]

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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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1978 Newspaper Advert for Debenhams Hull. Headline says English Lady and Bickler Special Offer. Line drawings of women include sleeveless summer dresses costed from £6.00 to £14.00
1970s Fashion | Fashion History | History Of Fashion Illustration | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Modern History | Vintage Fashion

Hull Fashion History: What Was Great About 1978!

The 1970s was a decade of fashion extremes….   Floaty fashions of the post-hippy culture mixed with stomping platforms and glam rock but by 1978 when the House of Mirelle closed every inspiration was up for grabs. Fashion design was diverse, streetwise and truly international. By mid 1978 tailoring, disco and the romantic look had […]

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