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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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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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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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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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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
1930s Fashion | 1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 1970s Fashion | Fashion History | History Of Fashion Modelling | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Talks and Lectures | The House Of Mirelle

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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Thanks

The House of Mirelle project could not take place without the help, advice and assistance of the following. Places:   The British Library Hull History Centre Hull Museums  Hull and District Local History Research Group  Old Hull Facebook Hull The Good Old Days Facebook  Hull And East Riding At War Facebook ( website is under construction […]

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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.
1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Modern History | Oral History | Social History

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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20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Historic Non Fiction | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | Textile and Fabric History

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 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.
1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1960s Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History Of Fashion Illustration | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Textile and Fabric History | The House Of Mirelle

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.
1960s Fashion | 1970s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | History Of Fashion Illustration | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Textile and Fabric History | The House Of Mirelle

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.
1930s Fashion | 1940s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | History Of Fashion Modelling | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

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.
1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1970s Fashion | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

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.
1950s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle | Vintage Fashion

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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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.
1940s Fashion | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History

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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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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Talks and Lectures

THE HOUSE OF MIRELLE HULL 1938-1978 Forty Years Of Fashion History Want to learn more about the history of The House of Mirelle in an interactive talk or teaching session?  The session includes research into Mirelle and Oral History – the voices of those who’ve contributed to the archive ‘in their own words.’ Subject areas […]

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