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Hull History: Hull Chronicle 1967 Vol 3 No 24 For You To Read

We’re lucky to have a donated copy of the Hull Chronicle in the Mirelle Archive and have decided to make it available to you to read …   There are some ‘Talking Points’ at the bottom for you to think about or discuss on our Facebook page  The Hull Chronicle was a glossy society magazine […]

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Hull History: Madame Clapham’s 2nd April 1911 visit to 18 Langley Avenue, Surrey

The name ‘Madame Clapham’ is loaded with history. Hull’s famous couturier who made clothes for Norwegian Queen Maude married in Scarborough to the wonderfully named Haigh Clapham, he from Wakefield Yorkshire she from the other side of Britain, Cheltenham, Glos. Initially living in Sculcoates part of Hull where her couture business boomed the 1911 census […]

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Hull History: Read Miriam Bibbero Johnson’s Biography E-Edition

Those of you following our ‘Introductions’ series will have heard the name Mira Mountain many times.   Owner of the House of Mirelle her family and what she did before the shop is an important part of Hull’s history. Her Biography gives the details..   Readers: the PDF won’t twizzle around to landscape on your […]

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Hull History: An Introduction To The House of Mirelle, The Showroom

HouseofMirelle.uk aims to be as accessible to readers as possible.  Our Introduction is designed to be easy to understand and read. Our thanks to the late Shirley Coates for her memories and Look Book which includes the featured image you see above.   Between the 1930s and the 1970s some of the most exclusive fashions […]

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Hull History. The House of Mirelle: An Introduction to the Workroom

HouseofMirelle.uk aims to be as accessible to readers as possible.  Our Introduction is designed to be easy to understand and read. The sewing Workroom was as important to Mirelle as the clothes sold through its doors.   Find out what the Workroom was like and who worked there…   Learn about how Seamstresses were trained […]

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Hull History: The House of Mirelle an Introduction. A Guide For You To Read and Share.

HouseofMirelle.uk aims to be as accessible to readers as possible.  Our Introduction is designed to be easy to understand and read. Move the arrows up and down to scroll through the pages. Zoom to increase size to read. The House of Mirelle, Hull’s famous fashion house is fondly remembered by those who worked, shopped and […]

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Fashion History: Girls Girls Girls Shows Life as a Model in the Early 1960s

There was another “Girls! Girls! Girls!”  in the early 1960s. 1962 audiences watched Elvis swing his pelvis on the beaches of Hawaii making Return to Sender a number 1 hit. A year before British filmmaker Michael Winner released a lesser known version of the same name. Available now on Sky Arts it is a fascinating glimpse […]

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Mary Quant at the V and A Poster
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Exhibition Review: Mary Quant at the V&A Surprises, Bright Colours and Unapologetic Mass Production All The Way

“There she is!” says a woman entering the V&A Mary Quant exhibit to her friend. Tucked behind the V&A’s permanent costume collection they’ve patiently queued for the moment they can enter. On until the 15th February the exhibition is short of time, but it’s a colourful and comprehensive run-through of Quant brands between 1955 and […]

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Lets Have A Party Vinyl Record 1962
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Before the Xmas Sweater: Christmas Fashion and Happy Hull-idays Past

December’s big holiday is full of family, friends and Christmas cheer. Traditionally an occasion to dress up we look back on style from the years Mirelle was around. Pour something warm and take a trip down memory lane, here’s our retrospective of fashions from those years. Ah how lovely! This scene conjurs up the scent […]

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Fashion History: Charles Worth, IncSoc and the Legacy Of Couture.

Shopping expeditions to the high street or browsing online to buy that must-have pair of shoes is far away from the couture shopping experience. “Couture” or hand-made clothing made to an individual’s requirements is every bit as glamorous as it sounds and its history is not entirely French. Although ‘couture’ is a French word meaning […]

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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
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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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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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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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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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Hull 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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BBC Back to the factory the machinists laugh at the pink slips
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TV 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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