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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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Dior helps to finish a design with Workroom hands houseofmirelle.uk
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Fashion History: What’s a Workroom? An Introduction For Non-Sewers

For non-sewers a Workroom might be hard to visualise.  You’ll probably know a needle when you see it and recognise a sewing machine but after that it becomes fuzzy and unclear. We’re here to help… Here’s our intro to a sewing Workroom… Just as people go to the office to do their job, a Workroom […]

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Dress Collection

The Mirelle Dress Collection has examples of clothing bought, sold, made or worn there. Items range across the years it was open from 1938 to 1978. Some of the Collection is in photograph form others are real-life examples. We also have drawings for clothes made in the shop by Mirelle’s designers and descriptions given to […]

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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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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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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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Book Review: Life In Hull From Then Till Now by Kay Pearson: A Fascinating Look Back on a Hull Women’s Life.

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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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
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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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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 and the Cod Wars

“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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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.
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Mirelle Clothing Collection: 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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